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Donald Trump is the apotheosis of modern Republicanism

I suppose it shouldn’t surprise that a super-wealthy real estate developer would run for President promising to turn America into a gated community.

Really, this is where Donald Trump’s rhetoric has been pointing since he launched his campaign by calling for “the greatest wall you’ve ever seen” to keep out Mexican criminals and rapists. His latest stand, for a ban on Muslims traveling to America, is of a kind with the Mexican wall. It’s just one tick crazier.

But after all the crazy shit Trump has said, the ban on Muslims was the straw that broke mainstream Republicans’ backs. Some Republicans, including a lot of Vermonters, sensing that the Crazy Line has been crossed, have finally criticized Trump as being out of step with true Republicanism.

Well, there’s a problem with that. It’s not true.

Donald Trump is, in fact, the inevitable end product of the past two decades of Republican and conservative politics.

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VT Republicans snag a very special guest

Hey, gotta congratulate the VTGOP. They’ve booked Peter King for their fall dinner on September 26!

Ah, Peter King, dean of pro football writers and NFL insider extraordinaire… influential creator of the Monday Morning Quarterback blog… editor of The MMQB website… I can’t wait to hear him dish the dirt on America’s game. 

… wait, what? 

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Dammit. Not the real Peter King. Just that self-infatuated blowhard Islamophobic national security uberhawk. That Peter King. 

The one who “has called for profiling suspected terrorists based upon their ‘religious background or ethnicity,’ even though Islam is no more an ethnicity than is Christianity.” 

The one who believes the U.S. should torture people. 

The one who said Guantanamo Bay was “better than almost any American prison.” 

The one who said “there are too many mosques in this country.”

The one who said that “80-85 percent of mosques in this country are controlled by Islamic fundamentalists.

The one who, upon becoming chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, launched a series of hearings on the alleged “radicalization” of American Muslims that featured a parade of fearmongers and uncredentialed “experts.” And one entire hearing devoted to American Muslims’ reaction to his previous hearings. 

The one whose staunch anti-terrorism follows decades of vocal support for the Irish Republican Army. 

The one who wanted the US to declare WikiLeaks a “terrorist organization.” 

The one who wants journalists to face criminal prosecution for publishing classified information. 

The one who got angry because President Obama wore a tan suit while giving an official statement. 

There’s much more in Peter King’s record, but that should suffice. He might help the VTGOP raise a few badly-needed shekels, but he’s quite a comedown from Chris Christie. And there’s no way his presence will help the VTGOP fashion a more inclusive image. 

I’d much, much rather have the football guy.