(Tom Dispatch) -- These days, we’re in what seems like an election campaign of one. It’s Trump vs. Trump. Does Hillary even exist? There’s conflicting evidence on that. If Trump loses, I suspect we'll all be able to say that never has a candidate trounced himself quite so efficiently. All his opponent evidently has to do is not give press conferences, stay out of the spotlight, and wait for Trump to tromp Trump.
At the moment, his polling figures are looking increasingly dismal and he's shaken up his campaign team (yet again!) -- the Ukrainians having lost out to Breitbart News and American "nationalism." Still, The Donald rumbles on. He’s a figure the usual journalistic crew is essentially incapable of covering. For that, you need a coterie of cartoonists and, of course, New Yorker satirist Andy Borowitz.
Only recently, for instance, The Donald gave a speech in which he suggested that a new Cold-War-style “ideological screening test” for immigrants be developed to keep... well, you know whom out. He’s referred to the process he imagines putting in place as “extreme vetting.” The goal, he says, is to ban those “who support bigotry and hatred” (of whom he perhaps feels we already have our fill without the aid of immigrants) and, above all, those “who believe that Sharia law should supplant American law.” He hasn’t yet suggested just what that screening test might be like, but TomDispatch has a few obvious suggestions.
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