Tuesday December 01, 2015
Republicans call out Donald Trump on 'fascist' remarks
"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists." - Donald Trump
Just one of many incendiary comments Donald Trump has made during his bid to become the U.S. Republican presidential candidate.
His constant stream of controversial comments about women, African-Americans, Hispanics and Muslims have made headlines... since the summer. And while he's consistently topped opinion polls, the billionaire developer and former star of NBC's "The Apprentice" has also been called sexist and racist.
Now, after Mr. Trump told a reporter that Muslims in the United States should be registered in a special database following the Paris attacks ... some people say he should also be labelled a fascist. That word is even being used by a few people within the GOP.
Trump is a fascist. And that's not a term I use loosely or often. But he's earned it. https://t.co/KSfADd5Ycq— Max Boot (@MaxBoot) November 22, 2015
Forced federal registration of US citizens, based on religious identity, is fasicm. Period. Nothing else to call it. https://t.co/XYee8dEgJr— John Noonan (@noonanjo) November 20, 2015
Our two guests say that while they don't use the term fascist lightly — it does apply to some of Donald Trump's statements.
- Jeffrey Tucker is Director of Digital Development for the Foundation for Economic Education. In July, he wrote a piece that appeared in Newsweek asking, "Is Donald Trump a Fascist?"
- Michael Marrus is a Professor Emeritus of Holocaust Studies at the University of Toronto. His latest book "Lessons of the Holocaust," will appear in a few weeks. He wrote an article yesterday "Is Donald Trump an American fascist?"
While some prominent Republicans have endorsed the idea that Donald Trump is expressing fascist ideas, most of them stop short of that. And they disagree about whether Donald Trump is good for the Republican Party, The United States of America or the world.
- Beau Phillips is a former Republican strategist. He's now the CEO of Reset Public Affairs.
- Crystal Wright is a Republican Party activist and the Editor of ConservativeBlackChick.com.
We contacted the Trump campaign headquarters to request an interview but haven't heard back.
This segment was produced by The Current's Idella Sturino and Gord Westmacott.