Donald Trump has just gotten another big endorsement, from someone who truly identifies with his Islamophobic platform and knows what real hate looks and sounds like. Vojislav Seselj, the leader of the Serbian Radical Party, has called on Serbians in the United States to support the abrasive business tycoon, who has seized the media spotlight in the United States with his anti-Muslim remarks and his flagrant use of low-brow proto-fascist ethnonationalism.
“I call on brother Serbs who live in the USA to strongly support Republican Party candidate Donald Trump in the upcoming presidential elections!” wrote the former Deputy Prime Minister on his Twitter page.
Seselj’s endorsement should be a dire warning to the American people about what lies at the end of Trump’s brand of offensive politics. Seselj is currently awaiting a verdict from the International Criminal Court, where he is on trial for organizing horrific crimes against humanity and for inciting genocide against Bosnian Muslims during the Yugoslav Wars. The indictment makes a point to focus on the role that Seselj’s “inflammatory speeches” played in exacerbating the level of brutality that the Serbian forces inflicted on their victims.
Trump wants to make America “great” again, and to deny Muslims from entering our nation; Seselj himself dreams of a “Greater Serbia” – one without Muslims entirely. Even two decades after the conflict, Seselj is still known for saying Trumpian things like “If the Muslim fundamentalists don’t like that, they can pack their bags and leave!” It is extremely alarming to see Trump’s anti-Muslim comments being endorsed by a man who is almost certainly guilty of organizing ethnic cleansing. While we do not mean to imply that Trump wishes to follow a similar path, or that such an horror could it serves as a stark warning of the savagery that lies in the souls of men and how easily hateful and deliberately divisive rabble-rousing can bring it out that barbarism.
As Trump continues to rise in the polls, it is now clearer than ever that we must not allow this man anywhere near the presidency. His systematic alienation of every demographic that isn’t white Christian males is a disgusting affront to values our nation was founded on and the ideals we hold dear. He now finds himself in common cause with a man who organized the systematic rape, deportation, torture, and mass slaughter of Muslims. So ask yourself, Trump fans. Is this a man you really want to be associated with?
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Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.