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Edit: Painting over hate

Donald Trump on Monday called for a “total and complete” ban on Muslims entering the United States, marking a new low in a political campaign whose hallmark has been to stoke a nationwide anxiety over national identity, immigration, race, religion and terrorism. The more derogatory, racist and outlandish the remarks, the higher the mogul climbs in the polls. But his statements this week on Muslims have drawn almost universal condemnation from political leaders across the globe, even from other presidential candidates from his own party who previously have been reluctant to challenge Trump’s discriminatory comments. About time, and rightfully so. If Trump is trying to rally a base by stoking anger and fear, he finally may have gone too far. The pendulum, perhaps, is now swinging the other way. We can’t help but see a parallel between the hateful national narrative at the center of Trump’s campaign and the appalling vandalism that occurred over the weekend at the mosque in Twin Falls/Twin Falls Times News Editorial Board. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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