Republican nominee Donald Trump’s third campaign manager Kellyanne Conway just told MSNBC news on live television (in a video you can see below) that the Trump campaign is planning some form of “War on Islam.” In the short clip, Conway can be seen rattling off the Trump campaign’s very short list of plans and positions.
“He [Trump] gave a ten point Veteran’s Administration reform plan, 5 point plan to defeat Islam,” said Kellyanne Conway rapidly naming her candidate’s positions,”four point plan for middle-class tax relief.”
“Yesterday, is his multi-point plan to – as he says – “drain the swamp,” Conway said, referencing yet another more vague Trump plan, which apparently her above comments were meant to illuminate, “which was trending on twitter yesterday, #DrainTheSwamp, the number one trending term on Twitter yesterday.”
It’s unknown at this time if the Trump campaign also has a written plan to ‘declare war on islam’ or if it’s only discussed in secret. But the Republican nominee has never shied away from the opportunity to exploit his base’s racial fears to other-ize dark skinned Americans by using the Muslim religion as a focal point to encourage open discrimination. Trump has proposed both an open bias in law enforcement, as well as government driven ‘religious tests’ in this campaign, seeking to openly (and probably illegally) discriminate against Muslims in America.
Our country’s constitution explicitly recognizes free expression and freedom of religion – and the press, and to file grievance against the government – because European wars tended to start over these matters, and our founding fathers explicitly wanted our great nation to avoid the mistakes of history which shed blood, tore families and nations asunder and left lasting misery for centuries.
That is why it is absolutely urgent that Democrats work harder than ever over the next 21 days to elect Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton as our country’s first female President. Otherwise, the Trump campaign’s “drain the swamp” idea seems poised to cause hell for millions of Americans on the basis of racial and religious discrimination and government terror.
— Jonathan Helman (@jonathanhelman) October 19, 2016
With more context about Conway complaining that the media only wants to cover what’s in one tweet. Her 5 point plan to defeat Islam is one of the narratives that she expressly thinks deserves more coverage:
It was part of a larger eighteen minute segment where MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle spent 18 minutes grilling Kellyanne Conway on her continued denials of Donald Trump’s sex assaults. At least she admits that the American election system is not fraudulent and cannot be rigged.
Grant Stern is an Editor-At-Large for OccupyDemocrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition