No, you can't support Donald Trump without being a bigot

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If you lived in Germany in 1932 and voted for Hitler, you were anti-semitic. It doesn't matter how you felt about Jewish people, you were empowering a regime built on hate, one that courted and counted on the support of bigots in their quest for power.

I don't think Trump is Hitler. Hitler was Hitler and comparing people to Hitler or the Nazis has become the worst (and most cliched) form of hyperbole. Trump isn't Hitler, but he is a bigot. It doesn't matter what he says, in his quest for power he has courted and embraced the support of racists, xenophobes, sexists and anti-LGBT extremists. He has also proposed policies that would bring great hardship on minority groups including walls, mass deportations and bans on travel and immigration based on religion.

It doesn't matter whether or not these proposals have anything to do with a person's support for Trump. An individual may support other Trump policies and simply be willing to accept these things to get what they want, that in and of itself is a serious act of bigotry. It says that you are willing to throw people under the bus to get what you want, based solely on their race, or gender, religion or sexual orientation. It shows that you place a lesser value on their lives and the lives of their families and that is textbook racism.

If a person in the 17th century said "I don't believe in slavery but it is good for my ship building business" that person would be complicit in the slave trade.

If a person had said in the 19th century "I think women have the right to vote, but they won't vote for me, so I can't support suffrage," that person would be complicit in the political suppression of women.

If, in 2016 you say "I don't support mass deportation, but Donald Trump will save me a fortune in taxes" then you are complicit in mass deportations and even if Trump loses, that makes you a racist. You are also counting on the support of white nationalist hate groups to get your candidate elected and that is also an act of bigotry, even if you don't belong to their group. Every group of any size will have it's oddballs, wingnuts and lunatic fringe but embracing white supremacists as an organized group, inviting them to your party and making them feel at home, is something else.

It doesn't matter what you hope to get out of it or how important it is to you personally, supporting and giving encouragement to hate groups and helping to get their candidates elected is an act of hate. If you'll excuse the metaphor 'if you make a deal with the Devil, the Devil will have his due'. The price of such a deal doesn't change, no matter what it was you got in the exchange'.

So no, you can't support Donald Trump without supporting racism, xenophobia, sexism, homophobia, Islamaphobia and transphobia. You can't support Trump without supporting the Ku Klux Klan, and various other white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups. You can't support Donald Trump without becoming a bigot yourself, no matter how reluctant you are (looking at you Paul Ryan).

There may be "moderate" republicans but there are no moderate Trump supporters. This is one of those times in life when you have to make a choice and live with all of the consequences.
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