Reprinted from To The Point Analyses
At another rally, this one in Vermont on a frigid January 2016 evening, when confronted with protesters, he told his security people to steal their coats before ejecting them. "Throw them out into the cold ... Don't give them their coats ... no coats ... confiscate their coats."Part II -- Muslims and Torture Those are specific local displays of Donald Trump's ability to act cruelly and encourage others to do so as well. However, this dangerous trend goes on at a larger scale as well. For instance: Trump has used unwarranted generalizations against groups he is suspicious of -- generalizations that place group members in the sort of danger that comes with public stereotyping. This is particularly true when it comes to Muslims on the one hand and Mexicans on the other. Trump appears to lump all Muslims in the same category as those who, to use his words, are "chopping off our heads in the Middle East." Those who want "to kill us" and "knock out our cities." Such a generalization ratchets up an already dangerous level of Islamophobia and sets the stage for other publicly proclaimed positions such as the closing of U.S. borders to all Muslims until such time as "our country's representatives can figure out what is going on." Actually, there are a lot of people in and out of the U.S. government who already know what is going on. However, because the answer to this question has to do with long-standing, special-interest-driven foreign policies, "our representatives" have, for political reasons, never moved to rectify matters. And, it's questionable whether Trump as president would respond any differently. Trump's generalization about Muslims has apparently helped promote popular acceptance of another particularly cruel and misplaced policy proposal -- the revival of the use of torture (often euphemistically called "enhanced interrogative methods"). Thus, he has recently proclaimed, "Don't tell me it doesn't work -- torture works. Believe me, it works." This was followed by a typical Trumpism: "only a stupid person would say it doesn't work." Just how does he know this with such certainty? Has he ever tortured anybody in order to get specific information? Has he ever been tortured for information he held? Indeed, did he do any research on the subject before passing judgment? The truth about the efficacy of torture is just the opposite. It has been known not to work since the early 18th century when Cesare Beccaria and other Enlightenment figures began to publicly call attention to the fact that there was no evidence that torture produces truthful confessions or other trustworthy information. Most professional interrogators since that time, with the exception of the small cadre of CIA torturers gathered around George W. Bush, have concluded that someone being tortured will tell their tormentors anything he or she thinks will stop the pain, regardless of its veracity. Obviously the consensus of expert opinion on this matter means as little to Donald Trump as it did to George W. Bush. Part III -- Mexicans and Mass Deportation Donald Trump has declared that he wants to deport just about every illegal resident of the United Sates -- of which there is an estimated 11.3 million. Though he claims that he would do this "humanely," the size of such an operation would certainly entail the uprooting of thousands of families and the impoverishment of hundreds of thousands of individuals. In other words, it is one of those socio-political operations that cannot help but result in acts of official cruelty and the encouragement of dangerous xenophobic sentiments. Most of the immigrants at risk are people from Mexico who cross the southern U.S. border clandestinely. Trump's solution is twofold:
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