News Americas, MIAMI, FL, Fri. Dec. 15, 2017: On Friday night, Dec. 8, 2017, I listened to the US’ Hypocrite-In-Chief, Donald J. Trump, rile up his minnows in Pensacola, FL with his favorite topic – immigrants.
This was not a President speaking to Americans but a candidate against civil rights, speaking to an audience who love to hate immigrants.
Trump, seemingly not happy with the ramped up ICE raids happening across the country and his administration’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS), for many immigrants, including the Haitians he lied to while deporting over 5,000 of them last year, went back to his favorite subject – THE WALL.
The wall is coming, he said, turning around to wave as his largely White base, mainly from Florida and Alabama, chanted: “Build The Wall,” “Build The Wall!”
The scene sent chills down my back as I thought for a moment of being trapped in that auditorium of anti-immigrant, racists. This was not the America I had come to know in the past 20 years; no this looked like Stalin’s Russia or Hitler’s Germany and I felt like an ethnic minority about to face a cleansing from my adopted homeland.
But the ‘Orange-gutan’ was not done. “We want the strongest borders you’ve ever seen. We’re gonna have such borders. We’ll have borders on top of borders,” he said to applause from the audience, who obviously loved it.
And it went on … “One by one we are finding the illegal alien drug dealers, the gang members, the thieves, the criminals and the killers preying on our children, preying on everybody, and we are throwing them the hell out of our country or we are putting them in prison,” he continued, before spending several minutes on what he called the injustice of the “not guilty” verdict of the Mexican immigrant recently cleared of killing Kate Steinle.
Then came the ‘Make America Great’ again push, an obvious wink, wink and nod, nod to those who, like Roy Moore, know what that statement truly means.
“It’s time for Congress to adopt a pro-American immigration agenda. Every member of Congress should be asked where they stand on these issues. Blocking funds to sanctuary cities. I don’t want to give sanctuary cities money. Passing Kate’s law to put repeat offenders behind bars for a long period of time,” said 45 as his fans cheered him on and he smiled a sickening smile that made my stomach churn with fear and disgust all at once.
But he was not done. The immigrant bashing continued. “Increasing the number of [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] officers, who are fantastic, and border patrol officers so we can dismantle vile criminal gangs like, as I said, MS-13, animals,” said Trump. “As I said, I am ending chain migration. We want a system that is merit-based. They come in on merit. They don’t come in on a lottery system.”
There was more but I will end it there from Florida.
Because after the blatant bashing of the human rights of immigrants, the very next day, America’s Hypocrite-In-Chief had the audacity to show up to open the new civil rights museum in Jackson, Mississippi.
On Sat. Dec. 9, 2017, Trump had the audacity to Tweet: “It was my great honor to celebrate the opening of two extraordinary museums-the Mississippi State History Museum & the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. We pay solemn tribute to our heroes of the past & dedicate ourselves to building a future of freedom, equality, justice & peace.”
Black lawmakers and leaders are right to protest and stay away from the hypocrisy of Trump’s presence at the historic Civil Rights Museum. But while they are right about his obvious attacks on blacks in America, they also should not forget his assault on immigrants too.
We must all stand together and call out the hypocrisy of Donald Trump and his attack on the civil rights of all against him across the country because his duplicity knows no end.