While I’m glad to see so many people speaking out against our nation’s first wannabe dictator, I still feel some people are missing the bigger picture. Too many are being distracted by things that make for good headlines, such as his Muslim ban and the disgusting images of people being detained at airports, while not realizing the reality that all of these horrible things he’s doing are part of a much bigger, more terrifying plan.
For example: His Muslim ban appears to be part of a much more elaborate, bigoted problem he seems to have with all immigrants.
Trump sent out a tweet on Christmas day of 2015 that didn’t get nearly the attention I felt it deserved. Granted, he sent it out on Christmas when most people were distracted with family activities rather than the online tweets of trolls, but this tweet was still a very big deal:
We have many problems in our house (country!), and we need to fix them before we let visitors come over and stay. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 25, 2015
Do you see it? The part about fixing our problems “before we let visitors come over and stay.”
Notice he didn’t say Muslims, or even Mexicans — he said all visitors.
As we all know, another term for “visitors” who “come over and stay” is called immigrants.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is a tweet sent out by the wannabe dictator currently in charge of this country saying that we need to fix our problems before we let anyone immigrate to the United States.
For those of you who still might not be getting what I’m trying to say, let me be blunt: That’s Donald Trump calling for an all-out end to allowing immigration into the United States.
Let’s face it, America is always going to have “problems” — every nation does. If you go back through our entire history, there have always been major issues that need to be addressed.
This was Donald Trump, just a few weeks after calling for an all-out ban on Muslims, saying that to “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” we need to stop letting “visitors” (aka immigrants) come to the United States.
Now factor in the reality that a hero to the alt-right/white nationalism is his top strategist, and you start to see where this is going.
Donald Trump launched his campaign calling most Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. He then made vilifying immigrants, Muslims, and basically anyone of color a cornerstone of his campaign. He’s shared tweets of anti-African American propaganda made by white nationalists and has never once gone on any sort of an angry Twitter tirade against the neo-Nazis or the KKK for proudly and publicly supporting him. Heck, he even played dumb about knowing who David Duke was to avoid publicly condemning his support during an interview.
And what’s one of the cornerstones of racism, the KKK, and white nationalism in general? The disdain for immigration. The idea that the United States is made for Americans — white Americans — and we shouldn’t allow anyone else to come here.
Again, being that this was sent out on Christmas Day in 2015, I understand why most people didn’t hear much about it. Even the article I wrote the next day didn’t get a great deal of attention, which is why I felt I needed to bring it up again. The tweet is over a year old, but it’s something that was sent out by the man who’s now in charge of this country whose entire slogan, “Make America Great Again,” is essentially the foundation for white supremacy.
Our Statue of Liberty, one of the beacons of what it means to be an American, has written on it:
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!
Somebody should ask Trump what, exactly, that means to him.
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