(The Guardian) -- What should be Donald Trump’s gaffes are now his campaign platform. With renewed calls for a ban on Muslims and a “keep the darkies out” approach to the border, Trump’s foray into the campaign ad world Monday is a sort of bigot’s revenge fantasy carried out against Mexicans, Muslims – and anyone who gets in his way.
His views about what’s actually involved in making America great again include: barring all Muslims from entering the US, miraculously taking all of Isis’s oil and building an enormous wall at the border that somehow Mexico is forced to pay for despite the fact that most the people crossing it are actually from Central America (depicted in a video using footage from Morocco, not the Mexican border).
His larger message is even more insidious – that America’s best days are behind it and only need be dredged up again, which prompts the question: what exactly would he have us resurrect in the name of progress? Prohibition maybe, or Japanese internment camps? What about that sweet golden era before 1920 when women couldn’t vote? You wonder, watching his campaign unfold in earnest, just how far he’d have us rewind.
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