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Donald the bullying braggart: A depreciation and deprecation of Trump, the Republican front-runner

March 4, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken
March 4, 2016

I grew up in a bedroom community of New York City, so Donald Trump has been present in my life to one degree or another for almost as long as I can remember. (His name seems to have first appeared in The New York Times in January 1973.) After the businessman and reality-television star won seven of the 11 Republican Party primary contests on Tuesday, Trump is now in prime position to become the GOP nominee for president. I for one am terrified of what that means for the United States of America, and for the world.

That’s not just because Trump, like many of his rivals for the Republican nomination, wants to enact tax reforms that would likely either result in massive federal deficits or unprecedented government budget cuts — although that’s certainly a major part of it. (I wrote a number of posts about the GOP candidates’ tax policies back in November: see here, here, here and here.)

It’s also because Trump has been engaging in a very thinly disguised form of race-baiting. The real estate mogul, who faces the unappetizing prospect of defending against a fraud lawsuit during his general election campaign, has a habit of denigrating women, foreigners, Muslims, blacks, the Hawaiian-born president and rival Republican nomination seekers in vulgar terms, but he can barely bring himself to distance himself from white supremacists in complete, clearly delineated sentences.

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