Ivan Eland: Why can’t we see that the U.S. government’s post-9/11 attacks on or invasions of at least seven Muslim countries—Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq—is far worse than Trump’s proposal in generating anti-U.S. blowback terrorism?
Brent Budowsky: The pressure from GOP leaders will momentarily become excruciating on lagging candidates such as Jeb Bush to withdraw from the race and endorse a center-right candidate such as Marco Rubio, who consistently runs slightly ahead of Clinton in polls.
Sam Husseini: there’s a logic to the nativist Muslim bashing. It’s obviously wrong, but it’s rational given the skewed information the public is given.
Berry Craig: Trump personifies everything the rest of the world despises about America: casual racism, crass materialism, relentless self-aggrandisement, vulgarity on an epic scale. He is the Ugly American in excelsis
Sam Husseini: The actual political correctness is how torture is used by war makers to get the tortured “evidence” they want to have a pretext for war and other hideous policies.
Michael Haas: Now, after the Paris massacre, Republican candidates are jumping on a bandwagon of opposition to receiving refugees from the Middle East.
Larry Wines: The Post says the insiders, in desperation, have launched a “Draft Romney” movement. It’s in response to Jeb Bush’s inability to get traction, along with a feeling that it just isn’t Marco Rubio’s time.
Walter Brasch: This past week, Lara Spencer, co-anchor of ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America,” snuggled up to Donald Trump.
Alvaro Huerta: While many political pundits, opponents and comics have reduced Trump to a caricature, based on his outrageous and boisterous claims, his critics and those who poke fun of him underestimate the inhumane consequences of a Trump presidency.
Walter Brasch: Although Biden explained his reasons, the media can now spend a few weeks asking the question, “But what if he had decided to run?” It passes as what the media now think is a deep and probing issue.
Lance Simmens: The quintessential dilemma facing Republican strategists at this point is how they will destroy their frontrunner without destroying the party. Further complicating the issue is whether or not a Trump implosion and subsequent retreat will not have the same effect on the health of the party.
Lila Garrett: If Trump gets his way, the children born in the U.S. to undocumented immigrants from south of the border will no longer be Americans. Off with the head of the 14th Amendment.
Victoria DeFrancesco Soto: What started with name-calling–Mexican immigrants as rapists, criminals, disease carriers, and most recently “anchor babies”–has evolved into an immigration plan that deport all undocumented persons and rescind birthright citizenship.