CNN’s Fareed Zakaria had a moment today. Discussing why he has chosen to vote for Hillary Clinton and not Donald Trump, the news anchor hit a startling note in his reminder of what is at stake in the 2016 presidential election.
In a segment titled “Fareed’s Take,” in which the news anchor and The Washington Post columnist delivered his unabashed and unrestrained view of the presidential election and the GOP nominee, Zakaria spelled out in no uncertain terms exactly why he feels that Donald Trump is not a candidate to be taken lightly and why his views are so extremely alarming.
Zakaria began by saying that he is not biased toward the Democratic party. He stated clearly that he has views that are liberal and views that are more conservative. He respected GOP candidates like Mitt Romney and John McCain and came to the United States during Ronald Reagan’s presidency, a man he readily supported. However, Donald Trump is not one of those candidates.
The CNN host then began hitting the specific points that stand out to him as reasons why Trump is not a viable candidate for any political office, much less the presidency. The first is Trump’s beliefs. His views on Social Security, Medicare, and taxes can be dismissed at this point. They are simply campaign rhetoric that reflect his supporters’ desires. What is more important is the evidence of Trump’s views from far before this election season.
First, according to Zakaria, are Trump’s views on race. The political news pundit reminded viewers of Trump’s housing discrimination against African-Americans as well as his desperate attempts to paint the Central Park Five as rapists deserving of the death penalty despite DNA evidence clearing them of the crime for which they were wrongly jailed for as much as 13 years. Perhaps even more telling is Trump’s belief in racial and ethnic stereotypes, such as the time he was accurately quoted as being enraged at the knowledge that his casino employed accountants of color.
‘I’ve got black accountants at the Trump Castle and at Trump Plaza. Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day. Those are the kind of people I want counting my money. No one else.’
Zakaria then moved to the issue of Trump’s protectionism, attacking Japan in the 1980s and now China and Mexico. He openly admitted that the stain of Japanese internment camps that incarcerated and denied rights to American citizens such as George Takei are in line with his own core beliefs. His xenophobia knows no bounds and his supporters are thrilled by it.
The CNN host then moved to the issue of Trump’s sexist attitude toward women. Zakaria reminded viewers of Trump quotes such as “putting a wife to work is a very dangerous thing” and “women, you have to treat them like sh*t.” He also pointed to Trump’s attacks on female political rivals such as Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina, in which their physical appearance became a talking point for Trump over their policies and accomplishments.
Fareed Zakaria’s segment went on to hit some chilling high notes, but his conclusion stands out from the rest.
‘Your view of Hillary Clinton is irrelevant. Donald Trump is not a normal candidate. He is a cancer on American democracy. And that’s why I will vote against him next Tuesday.’
See the entire segment in all its brilliance below:
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) November 6, 2016
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