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Donald Trump Is a Scam Artist With Dangerous Views

Donald Trump Is a Scam Artist With Dangerous Views

A worker removes the "Trump" name from Trump Plaza casino, Atlantic City, N.J., 2014. (Wayne Parry/AP) 

By    |   Friday, 04 November 2016 09:59 AM

Over the course of this campaign, I have heard from many people who have cheered my opposition to Donald Trump. But there are others who have objected, arguing that I was being biased, that Hillary Clinton had many flaws as well.

So let me try to explain, one last time, why Donald Trump is worth special attention.

I am not a highly partisan person. I have views that are left of center, but others that are conservative. I came to this country when Ronald Reagan was president and admired him.

I think well of many Republican politicians, including the last two GOP presidential nominees, John McCain and Mitt Romney, both of whom are honorable men who would have been good presidents.

Donald Trump is different — not just because he is obnoxious, tacky and vulgar, or that his business dealings show him to be a scam artist. He is different because of what he believes.

The simplest way to understand Trump's core beliefs is to look at his words and actions not just today but well before. Politicians pander to voters, and Trump's views on Social Security and Medicare (which he promises not to touch) or taxes (which he promises to cut) seem pretty insincere, reflections of what he thinks his supporters want to hear.

But he does have deeper beliefs, values and instincts.

The first one that stands out is race. Donald Trump has consistently expressed himself — in word and deed — in ways that can only be described as racist. In his earliest years as a developer, he was sued by the Justice Department for allegedly denying housing to qualified black people.

In the case of the "Central Park Five," Trump jumped into the public arena, taking out full-page ads assailing the accused black teenagers and demanding that "when they kill, they should be executed for their crimes."

Most strikingly, he refused to back down when DNA evidence had clearly exonerated the five men, and New York City was forced to pay $41 million in damages for wrongfully imprisoning them for up to 13 years.

Trump seems to believe in ethnic stereotypes deeply.

He boasts of his own bloodline and compares it to breeding racehorses.

In a 1991 book, one of his associates described him as horrified about having African-Americans in his accounting department at two of his hotels, saying, "Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day."

Trump acknowledged the veracity of these comments in a later Playboy interview, before walking it back in a 1999 NBC interview, calling it "nonsense."

Trump has also always been a protectionist.

In the 1980s, he was sure that the Japanese were about to take over the world and that the only solution was tariffs and trade wars. He doesn't seem to have noticed that the future he predicted never happened.

Undeterred, he has now focused his wrath on China, just as that economy has begun to slow down, and Mexico, a country so small that its effect on the U.S. economy is minimal.

The common thread is that Trump is quick to tell Americans facing economic hardship that they should blame their problems on foreigners.

If there is one view that Trump has expressed consistently, openly and with relish, it is that women exist fundamentally as objects for men's pleasure. He has said and done dozens of things over 30 years that confirm this demeaning view of women — in interviews with Howard Stern, during his ownership of the Miss Universe pageant, when describing working women, and when debating female candidates like Carly Fiorina and Hillary Clinton. "Women," he once said to New York magazine, "you have to treat them like s**t."

Finally, Donald Trump has expressed impatience and contempt for many of the foundations of liberal democracy. He has repeatedly promised to change laws to make it easier to punish journalists who offend him.

He has threatened people who contributed to his Republican opponents, implying that he would have the government look into their business affairs. He has proposed a number of policies that are potentially unconstitutional or war crimes, such as banning all Muslims from entering America, waterboarding suspected terrorists and killing their families.

He has compared his ideas to the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, implying that he approved of that measure.

And he has threatened to jail his opponent if elected.

These, then, are the core views of Donald Trump, expressed over decades, and confirmed by many of his actions: racism, sexism, protectionism, xenophobia, and authoritarianism.

His views on taxes and regulations are irrelevant. Your view of Hirllary Clinton is irrelevant. Donald Trump is not a normal candidate. He is a danger to American democracy. And that is why I will vote against him next Tuesday.

Fareed Zakaria hosts CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS," and makes regular appearances on shows such as ABC's "This Week" and NBC's "Meet The Press." He has been an editor at large Time magazine since 2010, and spent 10 years overseeing Newsweek's foreign editions. He is a Washington Post (and internationally syndicated) columnist. He is author of "The Post-American World." For more of Fareed Zakaria's reports, Go Here Now.




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Donald Trump is different because of what he believes. Look at his words and actions not just today but well before. Trump is not a normal candidate. He is a danger to American democracy.
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Friday, 04 November 2016 09:59 AM
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