Last June, CNN’s Jim Acosta got into a heated discussion with White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller over Trump’s support of an immigration policy which rewarded those who spoke English. Acosta remarked:
“It sounds like you’re trying to engineer the racial and ethnic flow of people into this country.”
Although the White House denied it at the time, Acosta nailed it.
On Tuesday, Trump told a room full of bipartisan lawmakers he would sign any immigration policy they presented to him. “My positions are going to be what the people in this room come up with,” Trump told the press pool. Well, that was until lawmakers returned with a deal that offered protections to immigrants from predominantly black countries in Africa and Haiti.
Presented with a deal in the Oval Office on Thursday, Trump responded: “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Instead, Trump offered to accept immigrants from the predominantly white Norway.
Trump continued his racist diatribe: “Why do we need more Haitians, take them out.” CNBC’s Christina Wilkie tweeted someone responded, “Because if you do, it would be obvious why.”
The White House issued a statement to the reporting of the conversation, which didn’t include a denial of Trump’s “shithole” comment.
In December, the New York Times reported during another immigration discussion Trump claimed Haitian immigrants “all have AIDS.” Trump would go on to express concern that Nigerian immigrants would not “go back to their huts” after seeing the U.S. The discussion was among White House staff, which made it easier for press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to deny at the time. With today’s remarks (combined with the White House’s lack of credibility), it’s impossible to accept the previous White House denial.
The man who described the Nazis and white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville as “some very fine people,” seems to be working very hard to ‘make America white again.’
When Trump launched his presidential campaign in 2015, he declared the majority of Mexican immigrants as “rapists” and drug dealers. He is now using thousands of DACA recipients (900 of which serve in our military) as bargaining chips to get funding for his border wall to block immigration from Mexico.
Within days of taking office, Trump introduced his first Muslim Ban. The bigoted policy blocked travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.
During the campaign, Trump implied Syrian refugees were tied to ISIS… even though they are trying to escape ISIS.
Notice a trend?
America is a nation of ideas, not of religion or skin color.
The leader of the United States is a racist. This is not a revelation. Trump built his political brand attempting to undermine the country’s first black president by captaining the birther conspiracy into the mainstream. THIS is who Donald Trump is.
Emma Lazarus’ sonnet, “The New Colossus,” on the Statue of Liberty reads:
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
THIS is who we are.
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