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Sean Yoes

Recently, Donald Trump has taken to raising his right hand during his rabid rallies and making his supporters do the same to pledge allegiance to the petulant politician. Some argue it conjures images of Adolf Hitler and the, “Seig Heil,” salute at Nazi rallies of the 1930’s and 1940’s.

“He (Trump) is smart enough…to know the images that this invokes,” Abraham Foxman, former national director of the Anti-Defamation League (a group organized to fight anti-Semitism) and Holocaust survivor told the {Times of Israel}. “Instead of asking his audience to pledge allegiance to the United States of America…he’s asking them to swear allegiance to him,” Foxman added.

Trump has been fixated on his hands lately.

During the last GOP debate at the Fox Theater in Detroit, there was Trump predictably firing back at Sen. Marco Rubio who had disparaged Trump’s smallish hands, goading the Republican frontrunner on the campaign trail.

“Look at those hands, are they small hands?” Trump said during the debate, holding up his not so burly hands. “And he (Rubio) referred to my hands — `if they’re small, something else must be small.’ I guarantee you there’s no problem. I guarantee.”

It’s seems clear to me, Trump protests too much.

But, this is what it has come to; this unserious, but dangerous man referring to the size of his penis during a nationally televised debate between candidates for the GOP nomination for president of The United States. Listing his phalanx of previous offenses would more than fill this column. Yet, it is Trump who has led in virtually every national poll for the GOP nomination since the late summer.

Consider for just a moment if then Illinois Sen. Barack Obama had referred to the size of his private parts during a debate in Detroit. Or if Obama had suggested Sen. John McCain was a loser for being captured during the Vietnam War. What if Obama had suggested Fox News commentator Megyn Kelly’s line of questioning towards him during a debate was connected to problems with her menstrual cycle? Get my drift?

I suspect a huge swath of these intractable Trump supporters — who the candidate himself says — “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters,” fancy themselves as, “patriots.” They are the ones who cling most tightly to the Trump campaign mantra, “Make America Great Again.” They are the same people who probably fell in love with Trump initially when he was king of the birthers, proclaiming President Obama was born in Kenya and therefore, “illegitimate,” as President of the United States. Yes, make America great again…by getting rid of the Mexicans, and Muslims and niggerizing the President of the United States.

These people who claim to love America want to see Donald J. Trump become the 45th President of the United States of America. Think about the colossal hypocrisy it takes for these people who overwhelmingly despise President Obama, who has been beyond ethical reproach as Commander-In-Chief, to embrace perhaps the most slovenly character ever to mount a major campaign for the White House. Just think about that.

But, maybe if a Trump presidency isn’t disturbing enough, perhaps the image of young Black people peacefully protesting or simply attending Trump rallies (which more often seem to resemble Klan rallies) being pushed around, assaulted or forced to leave. “I was called a nigger and a c**t and kicked out,” Shiya Nwanguma, a University of Louisville student who was shoved hard by several White men at a Trump rally in Kentucky earlier this month, told reporters. One of those men, Matthew Heimbach (who founded a so-called White Student Union at Towson University a few years back), is head of the Traditionalist Worker Party, a White nationalist group.

“They were pushing and shoving at me, cursing at me, yelling at me, called me every name in the book,” Nwanguma added. “They’re disgusting and dangerous.” Just as disgusting and dangerous as the man they pledge allegiance to.

Sean Yoes is a senior contributor for the AFRO and host and executive producer of First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m. on WEAA 88.9.