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In a Disturbing Town Hall Last Night, Trump Used the Joseph Goebbels Approach to Gauging Public Opinion

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | August 25, 2016 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | August 25, 2016 |

This video of Donald Trump in a town hall interview with Sean Hannity is super disturbing. In it, Trump does a 180 on his immigration stance, and weirdly manipulates the audience into going along with him. You know how when, you’re conducting a survey, you’re supposed to write neutral questions so that they don’t influence the survey taker? This is the opposite of that.

Basically, Trump asks the audience what the fate of 11 million people should be, and the first time he asks, the majority of the audience is like, “Get them out!” But when he doesn’t get the answer he wants, he asks the question again, and pressures the audience to applaud for his new position.

It’s gross.

“This is like a poll,” Donald Trump says. “There’s thousands of people in this room.”

Yes, it is like a poll, if you’re Joseph Goebbels.

Is this how he’d make decisions as President? What if he gets a clemency request from a death row inmate. What’s he going to do? Drag the death row inmate in front of a large Trump-friendly audience and ask, “Should we kill this guy? He’s a very, very bad man. He’s been convicted of murder. He was a bad father. I heard he used to vote for Democrats. SHOULD WE HANG HIM? Or should we let him live because every life is blah blah blah blah. WHAT DO YOU SAY, BLOODTHIRSTY RACISTS?”

Welcome to your terrifying glimpse into a Trump presidency, where all the important decisions will be made on reality TV.

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