Editorial | Its time to end Trumps bid for presidency

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Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is no longer a joke. He’s dangerous, and he needs to be called out for his unspeakably racist ideas, which threaten not only the safety of Muslims living in this country, but seek to undermine our country’s most fundamental values.

It wasn’t enough that he used his Dec. 3 appearance before the Republican Jewish Coalition to insult his audience with atrocious anti-Jewish stereotypes, basically praising those gathered, as Scott Eric Kaufman wrote on Salon.com, “for being a bunch of Shylocks.”

Trump didn’t seem to understand how offensive his comments were, despite the icy reception they received, as he barreled through ever more inappropriate references to “good negotiating skills” and Jewish facility with money, inflammatory characterizations that have been used to discriminate against Jews for centuries.

That same arrogance, which barely veils his deep and abiding bigotry, was on full display this week when Trump called for a complete ban on Muslims entering the United States — a proposal as outrageous as it is ludicrous.

It’s time to stop laughing.

National Jewish organizations stepped forward this week to denounce Trump’s anti-Muslim stance in no uncertain terms. The Anti-Defamation League, B’nai B’rith International, American Jewish Committee, Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center were among the first to condemn his “hateful” and “racist” views.

Denunciations have been coming in from Trump’s own Republican Party as well. On Dec. 8, the nation’s two most powerful Republicans — House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — joined a growing chorus of Republicans appalled that he purports to represent their party.

In Israel, dozens of members of Knesset have signed a petition urging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cancel his Dec. 28 meeting with Trump in the Jewish state.

Not only would such a meeting be, as Meretz chair Zehava Gal-On said, “a slap in the face to Muslim citizens of Israel” — who presumably would be banned from traveling to the United States under Trump’s proposal — but if he goes through with his planned visit to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the site of ongoing, bitter Muslim-Jewish conflict, it will, said another Knesset member, “set the whole region on fire.”

The Republican Jewish Coalition must join the Republican Party and the entire nation in calling for an end to Donald Trump’s presidential ambition. He does not and cannot represent our country and our values.