June 3, 2016

A TIME FOR CHOOSING:

Trump Repeats, And Specifies, Racist Rant Against Trump U. Judge (Matt Shuham, June 3, 2016, National Memo)

In an interview taped Friday for Sunday morning's The Lead with Jake Tapper, Donald Trump repeated the racist comments he has made at various campaigns stops this week about the federal judge presiding over two lawsuits filed by former students of Trump University.

"He's a Mexican. We're building a wall between here and Mexico," Trump said of U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel. He continuously referred to Curiel as Mexican, even though Curiel was born in East Chicago, Indiana, in 1953.

Evangelicals Must Not Bear the Mark of Trump (Michael Gerson, June 03, 2016, Washington Post)

Support for Trump involves a massive, disorienting shift, especially given the reputation of the religious right. It is, well, unexpected for evangelicals to endorse a political figure who has engaged in creepy sex talk on the radio, boasted about his extramarital affairs, made a fortune from gambling and bragged about his endowment on national television.

But the tension runs much deeper. Evangelicals are not merely choosing a certain political outcome. They are determining their public character -- the way they are viewed by others, and, ultimately, the way they view themselves. They are identifying with a man who has fed ethnic tension for political gain; who has proposed systemic religious discrimination; who has dramatically undermined the democratic values of civility and tolerance; who has advocated war crimes, including killing the families of terrorists; who holds a highly sexualized view of power as dominance, rather than seeing power as an instrument to advance moral ends.

In legitimizing the presumptive Republican nominee, evangelicals are not merely accepting who he is; they are changing who they are. Trumpism, at its root, involves contempt for, and fear of, outsiders -- refugees, undesirable migrants, Muslims, etc. By associating with this movement, evangelicals will bear, if not the mark of Cain, at least the mark of Trump. 

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