Even Rick Lazio Gets It!

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Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization Inc. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, center, speaks as 2016 Republican presidential candidates Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon, left, and Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, listen during the Republican presidential candidate debate at The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. (Photographer: Ruth Fremson/Pool via Bloomberg)
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Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization Inc. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, center, speaks as 2016 Republican presidential candidates Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon, left, and Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, listen during the Republican presidential candidate debate at The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. (Photographer: Ruth Fremson/Pool via Bloomberg)

By Felicia J. Persaud

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Dec. 18, 2015: I’ve never been a fan of Rick Lazio so for him to actually make sense to me last week was a shocker.

But Lazio got it right for once as he told CNN, unless the Republican Party becomes more of a “party” that embraces “minorities” it will be unable to win an election in the U.S. or lead beyond tough talk.

His comments came of course as the furor over Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s pronouncement that he will “ban” Muslims from entering the U.S.  From Mexicans to women to disabled reporters to Muslims – Trump continues to open his pie hole and spit out the bile of revulsion. Sadly, according to pollsters, there are many across the USA happy to swallow Trump’s bile.

Trump remains in a commanding lead in the Republican race for the White House, a Reuters/Ipsos poll claims, even after his latest insane call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States was condemned worldwide.

This comes even though once again it’s clear that Trump’s bile is also making victims of innocent Americans. Recently, reports again indicate that in Astoria, Queens, a shop owner was savagely beaten by a stranger promising to “kill Muslims.”

In California, Rasheed Albeshari, a 31-year-old Muslim American, was playing volleyball and praying with some friends in a San Francisco Bay area park when a woman approached him “talking … trash” about his religion, Albeshari told the Los Angeles Times.

In Philadelphia, a severed pig’s head was tossed outside of a mosque.

U.S. Congressman, Rep. André Carson (D-Ind.), a Muslim American, says he’s received a death threat

And the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee told USA Today that it had received complaints from people abruptly pulled off airplanes within the past week as well as multiple death threats and other abuse directed toward Muslims.

All in the past week alone after Trump’s bile flowed free!

Yet, Trump continues to lead the pack of candidates seeking the Republican Party’s nomination in the 2016 election with 35 percent of support from Republican voters, the opinion poll says.

What kind of insanity is this? Is it reflective of a semi-literate base of the GOP or just the continued rise of bigotry and fear that the “minority” base is growing bigger than the traditional Caucasian base?

Thankfully, the world is watching and moving to slap this global embarrassment of a candidate down.

Last week, the lash back began as Trump’s real estate partner in the predominantly Muslim nation of Dubai, DAMAC Properties, said the controversial GOP presidential front-runner’s brand will be removed from a $6 billion golf complex there.

Even Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was fierce in his condemnation noting: “The State of Israel respects all religions and strictly guarantees the rights of all its citizens. At the same time, Israel is fighting against militant Islam that targets Muslims, Christians and Jews alike and threatens the entire world.”

Sadly it is a global embarrassment for the United States of titanic proportions. When oh when will this circus of clowns quit playing the racist cards and get down to talking about solutions to real issues like jobs, the economy, health care and immigration reform that actually builds America up and not rips our beautiful melting pot apart?

If Rick Lazio gets it why don’t these clowns?

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The writer is CMO of Hard Beat Communications, which owns the brands News Americas Now, CaribPR Wire and Invest Caribbean Now.