Tuesday, November 24, 2015

NYT Publishes Scathing Takedown Of Trump's 'Racist Lies'

The New York Times didn't mince words when it took on Donald Trump's recent comments about Muslims and other minority groups. "America has just lived through another presidential campaign week dominated by Donald Trump’s racist lies," the Times' editorial board said in a piece published Tuesday, adding later that "if it’s a lie too vile to utter aloud, count on Mr. Trump to say it, often."

The editorial tore to shreds several of Trump's most egregious claims, including that an "Arab community" in New Jersey was seen cheering the September 11th attacks. Trump has also warned that Syrian refugees might be ISIS in disguise. And in a moment reminiscent of Nazi Germany, he suggested last week that the U.S. should keep a database of Muslim-Americans.

The Times also lined up Trump's comments with those of former Alabama Gov. George Wallace (D) and Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-Wis.). Like Trump, Wallace and McCarthy were known for their intolerance.

"It’s become a full-time job just running down falsehoods like the phony crime statistics he tweeted, which came from a white supremacist group," the Times editors said. "History teaches that failing to hold a demagogue to account is a dangerous act. It’s no easy task for journalists to interrupt Mr. Trump with the facts, but it’s an important one."