If Donald Trump becomes the next president of the United States, his policies of rounding up people for deportation could lead to “genocide,” according to an editor for the New York Times.
Andrew Rosenthal, the editorial page editor for the Times made the suggestion Wednesday, saying Trump’s policies sound hauntingly similar to those that left millions dead.
“Trump never bothers to talk about what he would do about the millions of Muslims already living in the United States,” wrote Rosenthal. “Would he round them up and deport them, as he is proposing to do with the millions of undocumented immigrants living in the country?
“Let’s be absolutely clear. This is not just about bigotry. The mass arrest and forced movement of large populations has been an instrument of genocide throughout history. That is how the Turks committed genocide against Armenians in the early 20th century, how the United States government decimated some Native American tribes and how Stalin killed millions of his own citizens.”
Rosenthal also noted it’s possible the presumptive Republican nominee has not considered the potential consequences, only focusing on the desires of those casting ballots for him.
“It’s possible that Trump doesn’t think about history. It is clear, though, that he thinks about voters, and that he is counting on them to support him out of fear and bigotry. And he is counting on the leaders of the Republican Party to let him get away with it,” he stated.