Oct 24, 2023
Former President Donald Trump used a trick from the 2016 playbook by appealing to right-wing Americans' fear of immigrants.
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We do the rallies, like, once a month, there's a man, Viktor Orban. Did anyone ever hear of him? He's probably one of the strongest leaders anywhere in the world. He's the leader of Turkey fronts on both Russia, you gotta get out there and [00:00:16] you gotta watch those voters. You don't have to vote, don't worry about voting. The voting we got plenty of votes. You know, you spell us, right? You spell as, U.S. [MUSIC] I just picked that up. Has anyone ever thought of that? I just picked that up. [00:00:33] >> Speaker 2: I gotta say, it looks like the DeSantis war room has improved with their editing and video skills, because that hit on Donald Trump's speech in Derry, New Hampshire., from yesterday is just fantastic. But,, we should dissect more of the things that Trump promised and [00:00:50] claimed during that very rally speech. So let's start with his recent takes on immigration. >> Speaker 1: A vote for Crooked Joe is a vote to turn the United States into a hotbed of Jihadists and make our cities into dumping grounds very much resembling the Gaza Strip. [00:01:09] Have you been to the Gaza Strip? A vote for President Trump is a vote to secure the border, and it's a vote to keep radical Islamic terrorists the hell out of our country. >> [APPLAUSE]. >> On day one, I will immediately restore and expand the Trump travel ban. [00:01:28] Remember when they said, that's so vicious, but it kept us safe, and it passed in the Supreme Court of the United States. They sued me in every different court you wouldn't believe it, but on entry from terror plague countries and halt all of the refugee settlements to the United States, they wanna come in, [00:01:46] they wanna bring the same people that are shooting rockets at Israel. They wanna come into the United States. I don't think a lot of good things are gonna happen. >> Speaker 2: So, there are two things that I wanna talk about here, okay? [00:02:02] And I want everyone to understand the distinction, so they don't think I'm rooting for what Trump is saying here, because I find what he's saying pretty gross. But there is the political component of it, and then there's the moral component of it. Morally, I find what he's saying despicable, untrue and disgusting, okay? [00:02:21] The idea that we should support the Israeli government in doing what it is currently doing in Gaza, which is overwhelmingly killing innocent Palestinian civilians, and then turn around and say, the innocent Palestinian civilians who survive should not be allowed into our country, it disgusts me. [00:02:40] Let's just put it that way. Now then there's the political component of it, and politically speaking, as many big cities across the country are dealing with the migrant crisis with very little resources allocated to them from the federal government, that was politically savvy, unfortunately. [00:02:56] What do you think, Cenk? >> Speaker 3: I was gonna say the same exact thing. So, that is a very populist speech that, unfortunately, I think is going to work, but that is the ugly side of populism. And so as people are concerned about crime, immigration, Hamas, this war, and [00:03:12] they see these brutal stories coming out of Israel, it's a very easy thing to do to take up that fear and anger and hatred and use it for your own political purposes. And Trump is the king of, he senses the dark side, and he draws it out and amplifies it. [00:03:30] So, I'm worried that it's gonna work. Okay, now having said that, let's now talk about how ugly it is. So first there's the lies. They're coming here. Who's they? Hamas and Islamic Jihad. What are you talking about? There's not one piece of evidence that anybody from Hamas or Islamic Jihad is [00:03:48] applying to come here or has come here that there's a terrorist attack here. The only terrorist attacks that have happened recently are your fans. Let's be honest, that's just factual, right? The pipe bombs, the threats of killings, the killings, etcetera. Almost all of the domestic terrorism now is right wing. [00:04:06] But by the way, we point that out, but we don't go then tell you, we gotta ban the right wing. We should arrest all the right wing. We don't say that cuz we're not Trump. We don't do the ugly side of populism. If it was him, he would do that to us in a second. And in fact, he's doing it in a case where it doesn't even exist. [00:04:23] So that's the lies and then the hate. We gotta ban them. And what is he saying? He's saying look, he's referring to his travel ban. Now, I know right wingers go pretended it wasn't a Muslim ban. He said it was a Muslim ban when he was running. [00:04:41] Then he said he wanted to do the Muslim ban, and then he realized legally, he's not allowed to ban a religion, right? So he changed it to, well, okay, we'll add a couple of countries that aren't perfectly Muslim, and you loved it because it was a Muslim ban, and then you pretended that it wasn't. [00:04:57] But is that what he's referring to after what happened with Hamas? Obviously, he's referring to the Muslim ban. >> Speaker 2: Well, Cenk, that's a perfect segue into the second part of what he had to say about immigration, cuz religion comes up. Let's watch. [00:05:13] >> Speaker 1: And I will implement strong ideological screening of all immigrants. If you hate America, if you want to abolish Israel, if you don't like our religion, which a lot of them don't, if you sympathize with Jihadists, then we don't want you in our country, and you are not getting in, right? [00:05:32] >> [APPLAUSE] >> Speaker 1: We don't want you. Get out of here, you're fired. >> Speaker 2: Nice, so ideological tests, okay, are they gonna get waterboarded as you're interrogating them about their ideology? [00:05:51] And what exactly is our religion? >> Speaker 3: Okay, guys, look, I'm mainly talking to independence here, cuz right wing on these issues, I'm sorry, is hopeless. So, if you said an ideological test in the reverse, if Biden had given that exact same speech and said, I just wanna ideological test from now on, and [00:06:09] any immigrant that comes in has to be a Democrat. And we're doing an ideological test, we want them to be liberals, we want to be in favor of Muslims, we want them to be in favor of this and this and this. You would all be like your heads would explode, MAGA heads with everyone about, all right? [00:06:26] When he says the exact opposite, you're like, yes, ideological test. Screw America, and it's freedom, I don't believe in freedom of thought or opinion or speech. I wanna everybody to think just like me. Okay, just admit it. If you didn't like the speech, then God bless. [00:06:41] This isn't about you, and you're equally outraged as an American, right? If you like the speech, admit who you are, you're un-American. In the Constitution it says, we shall not establish a religion. He says they don't like our religion. Which religion? If you're Jewish in America, does that give you comfort that now Trump is [00:06:57] declaring basically that Christianity is our religion and that if you don't like it, then maybe we'll kick you out of the country? That is the antithesis of America. That's the antithesis of our Constitution, and that does not give any comfort to anyone who is Jewish or any other religion, right? [00:07:14] So he's not in favor of Israel, he's not in favor of Jewish people, he's not in favor of anything. All he's in favor of is demagoguing and hatred, he's hatred personified. So, look, this is the question I asked, it's unanswerable for, MAGA. So he wants to ban people like me who don't agree with him ideologically, [00:07:32] who are not from the religion that he is from. So am I supposed to just sit here and go, yeah, then I'll vote for him? Why would anybody vote for someone who says, I hate you and I don't want you to be a part of this country? What a weird, unreasonable ass. [00:07:48] And you still don't get that he's racist. You're like, yeah, just so please, if you're MAGA, just admit it. You don't like certain races and religions, that is the definition of a bigot, the definition. But if you didn't like the speech, then we're all on the same page. [00:08:04] That is the most un-American speech I've ever heard, and he's never read the Constitution. And remember, when the Constitution was inconvenient to him in the election he said, we should suspend the Constitution. He doesn't believe in the Constitution at all, he doesn't believe in America at all, he doesn't believe in democracy at all. [00:08:23] A pure bona fide fascist running for president and currently winning. >> Speaker 2: Let's talk about how many Palestinian refugees the United States allows into the country. So in fiscal year 2023, for example, the United States welcomed just 56 Palestinian refugees, or [00:08:42] 0.9% of the 60,014 refugees resettled during the time period, according to State Department data. In fiscal year 2022, that number was a whopping 16. Over the past 10 years, fewer than 600 Palestinians have arrived [00:09:01] in the United States under the refugee program, the statistics show. >> Speaker 3: I gotta say something about that. He keeps saying they, like they're all Palestinians are the same, all Muslims are the same, etcetera. No, the people who get refugee status here, oftentimes help the U.S. government. That is why we're giving them that status. [00:09:18] For example, when Afghans come here, they were our translators in Afghanistan. A lot of times, those Afghans saved American lives, but he doesn't care cuz he's a demagogue and a piece of crap. So he goes, yeah, that's Muslims, they're all the same, let's ban them. [00:09:33] Even though they saved American lives. You like that guy, there's something wrong with you. You either don't know enough information, which is true of a lot of his supporters, but if you know that stuff and you still like him, you're just raising your hand and saying, I'm a terrible person. [00:09:49] And I like that he's a terrible person, and that's why I'm voting for him.
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