Framing Donald Trump as a “racist” and “fascist” due to his proposal to temporarily ban Muslim immigration and visitation towards the ends of preventing Islamic terrorism, Martin O’Malley invoked a Muslim friend’s politically-inclined young children. Characterizing Trump as a “clear and present danger” within American politics, O’Malley shared what he hoped was a moving personal anecdote towards discrediting the Republican front runner’s candidacy.
“Dad, what happens if Donald Trump wins and we have to move out our home?”, asked one of Sharif’s sons; ten and twelve-year-old boys. Sharif is said to be a doctor and a “proud American Muslim” in Maryland.
“(Americans) must never surrender our Americans values to racist, must never surrender to the fascist pleas of billionaires with big mouths.In his opening statement,” O’Malley said while not-so-subtly maligning Trump.
O’Malley was unified with Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders in characterizing Trump as “divisive” during ABC’s Democratic Debate on Saturday. Moderators Martha Raddatz and David Muir neglected to ask about divisive rhetoric from the Democratic presidential hopefuls related to income and wealth disparities between American families. All three candidates made several references to the “one percent”, “super wealthy”, and millionaires not paying their “fair share” in taxes. No mention was made of approximately 50% of Americans paying no federal income tax.