Donald Trump went on Sean Hannity's Fox News TV program Tuesday evening and sounded more like a Neanderthal than normal.
As usual, Trump pulled some nonsense out of his butt, this time about Muslim Americas not being able to "assimilate," when he said, "Assimilation has been very hard. It’s almost, I won’t say nonexistent, but it gets to be pretty close."
He sounds just like the Borg. Here's a partial transcript:
Hannity: If you grow up under Sharia law, and as a man, you think you have the right to tell a woman how to dress, whether she can drive a car, whether she can go to school, or whether she can go to work … if you grow up there, you want to come to America, how do we vet somebody’s heart and ascertain if they're coming here for freedom or if they want to proselytize, indoctrinate, and bring the theocracy with them?
Trump: Assimilation has been very hard. It’s almost, I won’t say nonexistent, but it gets to be pretty close. And I’m talking about second and third generation — for some reason there’s no real assimilation.
Trump: And you see it all over the place. … I’m not even talking about assimilation. I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about there is a percentage of people that want to do what this maniac did in Orlando. There’s a percentage of people. That percentage becomes — the number of people becomes more and more as we take in thousands and thousands of more people. There’s a hate that’s going on that’s unbelievable.
He obviously has no basis in fact or experience on this issue, especially when it comes to the hate these people feel or don't feel to propagate an idea like that.
We've had many, many more American home grown terrorists strike here, but you know - he's Trump, and he'll be great for the Muslim.
But Trump’s assertion that Muslims don't assimilate is wrong: American Muslims are in fact more culturally integrated than European Muslims and say they identify more strongly with their American identity than their religious identity, according to a study from the Council on Foreign Relations:
The percentage of U.S. Muslims in individual income and education brackets tracks closely to that of the rest of the U.S. population, surveys suggest. According to a 2009 Gallup poll, U.S. Muslims have the second-highest level of education among major religious groups in the United States. Almost 50 percent of Muslims identify with religion before their U.S. identity (nearly half of U.S. Christians polled by Gallup also identified with their religion first).
Heather "Digby" Parton dubbed him The Professor, but I'm thinking maybe Herr Professor fits better.