Extremists of the feather flock together. Outside observers have noted that it’s often times impossible to tell an extreme right-wing Christian from an Islamic extremist by rhetoric alone, and now, it’s getting to the point where you can’t tell Islamic extremists from extreme right-wing xenophobes, either.
For the normal, right-thinking adult, finding out that they agree with ISIS would be enough to make them pause and reassess the value of the shared belief. It doesn’t necessarily make the belief wrong, but most of us aren’t going to accept “ISIS agrees with you” without at least re-examining the belief.
But time and again, Donald Trump, the Muscovian Candidate, has proven he’s not a right-thinking adult, and he’s a hard right-wing ideologue. That means just accepting positions that other hard right-wing ideologues take without questioning them — for instance, the hard right-wing ideologues of ISIS.
During his first interview since Clinton’s acceptance speech, Trump was asked what sacrifices he made for his country. In the course of answering that question (and he gave one hell of a gross answer), he attacked the family of fallen soldier Humayun Khan. Khan was a Muslim U.S. Army Captain who was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart and is now buried at Arlington National Cemetery after he was killed by a car bomb in Iraq in 2004, after ordering soldiers under his command to stand back from the vehicle.
Khan himself moved forward to investigate, sacrificing himself to save his squad.
Trump can’t let anything alone, though; after taking heat for his answer, Trump returned on Sunday and continued to belittle the sacrifice of Captain Khan.
But he wasn’t alone. See, the Muscovian Candidate was joined by the Islamic “State” of Iraq and Levant, also called ISIS, ISIL, or, if you want to be exact, Daesh, in making the issue about Islam instead of about Khan.
The newest issue of the propaganda magazine published by Daesh, Dabiq, ran a picture of Humayun’s headstone, with the caption: “Beware of dying as an apostate.” Naturally, Muslims who don’t accept Daesh’s very narrow ideology aren’t Muslims. And the group has special ire for those who live in take part in Western Democracies.
Below is Trump’s tweet:
Trump’s first response to Khizr’s speech was one that was roundly criticized for “faked empathy” typical of “a person without a soul,” according to Khizr himself. And Trump, not content to smear the father of a fallen soldier, also attacked his mother, too. Just remember that the next time Trump claims to love the troops.
The same issue of Dabiq also took a shot at Hillary Clinton, railing about the “extinction” of Western women because of the West’s war on human nature. Human nature that dictates “woman does not imitate man.”
It announced that:
For this reason, when the daughter of a Persian king became ruler of Persia, the Prophet said, ‘A people who give their authority to a woman will never prosper.’
I think Ann Coulter has espoused similar sentiments in the past. I’m also pretty sure that’s a bog-standard MRA position. And people who oppose feminism on principle, like the Quiverfull movement, feel the same way. And I wouldn’t be surprised if Trump felt that way, either, and I know for a fact the Bible takes the same position ISIS is taking here. Several times, in fact.
It’s a good thing Trump and the rest of the right-wing have no self-awareness and are so absolutely convinced they’re right. Otherwise, they might have an existential crisis knowing that they’re in near-perfect agreement with ISIL on issues about Islam, feminism, and smearing dead soldiers who gave their lives for the country.
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