You know it has seemed that the Donald was coated in Teflon the way every criticism seemed to slide right off of him without leaving a discernible mark.Remind you of someone? Trump wants to ban Muslims from entering U.S. @StuBykofsky @joeberkery @PhillyDailyNews Tues. pic.twitter.com/lVc9jjTm2S— David Lee Preston (@DavidLeePreston) December 8, 2015
However this time Trump may have taken his "politically incorrect" shtick a smidge too far.
Not only did newly elected Speaker of the House Paul Ryan come out strong against Trump's remarks, but even the usually non-partisan reporter Richard Engel could not let this pass:Today's @NYDailyNews cover accompanied by an emotional guest column about @realDonaldTrump https://t.co/Ue4IXx97gr pic.twitter.com/X9xLdSlaYG— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) December 9, 2015
"This is really not the country that I know," he said on MSNBC on Monday night. He continued:
This is not small ball, actually. This matters. It would be interesting to say, "Oh, this is just fun. This is just more, you know, he's trying to score a few points." But the world watches this. The world sees the leading political candidate from one party making these kind of statements and still doing well and having these rallies. ... Those are going around the world right now, and people realize this person is leading in the polls. That must be what Americans think. I was today with an ambassador from the Middle East. Today. And we were talking exactly about this subject. And he said, "Well, people in our country watch what is going on, and it makes us very concerned." So from the world perspective, it is absolutely an image, an impression, a black spot on our collective foreign policy and our conscience. And it also just feeds into the ISIS [Islamic State] narrative.
Ricard Engel is well known for reporting the straight facts, with virtually no political spin, so for him to weigh in like this you have to know that Trump's remarks are upsetting and angering his sources.
In Britain there is already a petition, with well over 200,000 signatures, asking the Parliament to block Donald Trump from entering the UK.
Perhaps even more impactful, at least in Trump's eyes I would imagine, is news that his remarks have pissed off some of the Middle Eastern businessmen that he has long wanted to work a deal with:
Emirati business magnate Khalaf al-Habtoor only months ago proclaimed his support for the Republican presidential candidate, but that's all changed in the wake of Trump's increasingly incendiary comments about Islam.
"If he comes to my office, I will not let him in. I reject him," al-Habtoor told The Associated Press. "Maybe we can meet somewhere where I can debate with him in a very civilized way, not in the way he approaches people."
There is no way that I am going to suggest that this is the end of the Donald Trump campaign for President, because at this point we are so far down the rabbit hole I cannot discern up from down.
However I will say that if this INCREASES his poll numbers, that the Republican party might just as well all start donning their white hoods in public right now.
Because there will no longer be ANY doubt as to just who they are from this point forward.
Update: Stephen King weighs in as well.
Such a way with words.
I can no longer tweet about Trump. That anyone in America would even CONSIDER voting for this rabid coyote leaves me speechless.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) December 9, 2015