The GOP faces its harshest criticism yet before its second debate of the year and its last before the Iowa caucus. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor and noted public intellectual Noam Chomsky has called the Republican party—with Donald Trump as the frontrunner for the party's presidential nomination—a threat to humanity in an interview.
Chomsky told The Huffington Post, "Today, the Republican Party has drifted off the rails." Although the Huffington Post notes Chomsky has been critical of both the Republican and Democratic parties. Chomsky criticized the GOP citing a 2013 article that described the party as it is now as, "ideologically extreme, scornful of facts and compromise, and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition."
The party's dismissal of "facts" most importantly includes the dismissal of climate change which Chomsky describes as a "looming environmental catastrophe." This is one of the many reasons why Chomsky described the GOP as, "literally a serious danger to decent human survival."
A 2012 tweet from Trump shows just how far (read: not far at all) the candidate has come in his belief of climate change:
Trump is the biggest threat to human survival, seeing how he literally wants to ban Muslims from the U.S. and deport millions of immigrants. His fellow GOP candidates don't fall far behind as proponents of carpet bombing and other bombings so long as they nab ISIS.
Chomsky recently said in an interview with Al Jazeera English's "UpFront": "What they are saying is, let's destroy the world. Is that worth voting against? Yeah." But before voters cast their ballots Chomsky advises "strategic voting." He explained, "Meaning, in a swing state, or swing congressional district, or swing school board, if there is a significant enough difference to matter, vote for the better candidate—or sometimes the least bad." Strategically he'd vote for Clinton though as The Huffington Post writes: "Chomsky has been a vocal Clinton critic, saying her presidency would resemble that of President Barack Obama, who Chomsky has condemned for using drone strikes to kill individuals the president deems worthy of execution." He would actually want to vote for Sanders but doesn't think he has a chance. No matter what he'd vote against the GOP whom he calls "extremely dangerous."
"The likely candidates are, in my opinion, extremely dangerous, at least if they mean anything like what they are saying. I think it makes good sense to keep them far away from levers of power," said Chomsky.