Trump White House chief of staff John Kelly is under fire once again, this time for an interview he gave to NPR in which he offered racist reasons for why undocumented immigrants don’t belong in the U.S.
At issue is President Donald Trump’s cruel and unnecessary order to separate undocumented parents and children when they are detained by federal authorities.
After acknowledging that “the vast majority of the people that move illegally into United States are not bad people,” Kelly then offered up his racist views.
Undocumented immigrants are “not people that would easily assimilate into the United States, into our modern society,” he claimed.
“They’re overwhelmingly rural people. In the countries they come from, fourth-, fifth-, sixth-grade educations are kind of the norm. They don’t speak English; obviously that’s a big thing. … They don’t integrate well; they don’t have skills.”
Kelly also defended Trump’s demand families be split apart.
“They’re coming here for a reason. And I sympathize with the reason. But the laws are the laws. … The big point is they elected to come illegally into the United States, and this is a technique that no one hopes will be used extensively or for very long.”
To be clear, the law does not require children to be separated from their parents.
Kelly has made ugly remarks before. In February he said undocumented immigrants were “too lazy to get off their asses” to sign up for DACA. And before joining the Trump administration he said gay people serving openly in the armed forces would be lethal to other soldiers. “Marines will die from this,” he said.
Meanwhile, many on social media are furious.
John Kelly is racist. https://t.co/3sjeXVDeCG
— Adam Jentleson (@AJentleson) May 11, 2018
— Malcolm Nance (@MalcolmNance) May 11, 2018
John Kelly would have saved himself a lot of words if he just said “they aren’t white.” https://t.co/jZ22fRNAby
— b-boy bouiebaisse (@jbouie) May 11, 2018
Word for word, this is in line with how nativists described John Kelly’s Irish ancestors, who were overwhelmingly rural and thought to be ill-suited to the rhythms and discipline of an urbanizing, industrial econony. https://t.co/pSMQUWsZbl
— Joshua Zeitz (@JoshuaMZeitz) May 11, 2018
WH COS John Kelly says that immigrants from rural areas without English skills don’t integrate into the U.S.
My dad came from rural China and spoke little English. He raised a son who held the same rank in the Obama WH (Asst. to the Pres.) that Kelly holds. I’d say we did okay. pic.twitter.com/m1fW3oqmRz
— Chris Lu (@ChrisLu44) May 11, 2018
When did John Kelly’s family arrive in America and what kind of skills did they have? https://t.co/udZB8CgNyJ
— Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) May 11, 2018
WH chief of staff John Kelly thinks immigrants are “unskilled” & “don’t integrate well.” Yet some of them end up being grandmother to a US congressman & a US mayor/cabinet secretary with the last name of Castro. Some grow up to be secretary of state with the last name Albright.
— HawaiiDelilah (@HawaiiDelilah) May 11, 2018
John Kelly … come for the heartlessness and cruelty; stay for the old white guy racism https://t.co/K4VNhI4irZ
— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) May 11, 2018
This is why John Kelly still works for Trump. He may think Trump is an idiot, but when it comes to the bigotry, they see eye to eye. https://t.co/bO3OSRMVmf
— Ethan Grey (@_EthanGrey) May 11, 2018
I am choosing to believe we’ll survive all this and people like John Kelly will be remembered as the disgraces they are if at all, but I also don’t know how we put this disgusting shit back in the bottle. https://t.co/cxbGyfO9BQ
— David Roth (@david_j_roth) May 11, 2018
Obvious pt, but worth hammering home for the record: John Kelly’s “pull up the ladders” view is ahistorical and wrong. People he’s describing = most of my own great-grandparents; all grandparents of my wife. This is an *American* story, not some “alien” story. pic.twitter.com/0RCYBamWio
— James Fallows (@JamesFallows) May 11, 2018
John Kelly’s racism is showing. https://t.co/l4HnRqQkZT
— Anthony Michael Kreis (@AnthonyMKreis) May 11, 2018
John Kelly is a CRUEL, HEARTLESS, MISOGYNISTIC & RACIST ignoramus who is not only a disgrace to the Marine uniform he once wore, he is a disgrace to this nation that has historically welcomed immigrant families, not separated them. https://t.co/6Rkbu7Ixpl
— Fernand R. Amandi (@AmandiOnAir) May 11, 2018
JOHN KELLY: Undocumented immigrants don’t have skills.
Is there anyone in the Trump admin who isn’t s full blown racist SOB?
— Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) May 11, 2018
— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) May 11, 2018
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Campaigning From the Oval: Trump Brags About ‘What I’ve Done for the African-American’
“We have fantastic relationships with the African-American community, certainly you’re going to see that in 2020,” Trump, in permanent campaign mode, says.
President Donald Trump on Monday was actively campaigning while sitting in the Oval Office during a visit with a foreign head of government. While not illegal, campaigning from within the White House is considered inappropriate, and previous presidents, like George W. Bush, have been pilloried for doing so.
During a lengthy (more than 40 minutes) and wide-ranging televised presser with the Prime Minister of Pakistan, President Trump casually began talking about the 2020 campaign, and bragging about all he’s “done for the African-American.”
After attacking the four Democratic congresswomen who are also women of color he’s targeted for over a week now, Trump insisted “there’s no racial tension.”
“Look, I had my best numbers recently and it’s because of the economy and what I’ve done for the African-American. The African-Americans are doing better than they ever have in our country. We’re creating numbers. Look at the poverty numbers. Look at the unemployment numbers – the best they’ve ever had,” Trump said. “We have fantastic relationships with the African-American community, certainly you’re going to see that in 2020,” the President said from the Oval Office, in active campaign mode.
The President’s phrasing was reminiscent of him bragging about “my African American,” when pointing out a Black supporter at a 2016 campaign rally.
Trump’s relationship with the African American community is far different than the one he portrays. He currently is enmeshed in a battle of his own making, after his racist attacks on four progressive Democrats.
A Pew Research study in April found 56% think President Trump “has made race relations worse,” and “two-thirds say it’s become more common for people to express racist views since Trump became president.”
TRUMP: “There’s no racial tension. Look, I had my best numbers recently & it’s because of the economy & what I’ve done for the African-American. The African-Americans are doing better than they ever have in our country. We’re creating numbers.” pic.twitter.com/k47G7seQvP
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 22, 2019
Trump’s Racist and Nativist Attacks Made Him More Popular – Among Republicans
Proof the Republican Party Is the Party of Racists
President Donald Trump’s attacks – day after day – on four progressive Congresswomen who are also women of color, brought his approval rating down overall, but no doubt he’s pleased, because they were a hit with his base.
A Reuters/Ipsos public opinion poll, The Daily Beast reports, finds support for the President increased among GOP voters in the immediate aftermath of his Twitter attacks on the women. Trump says they hate America, should “go back” to their original countries, and later, he aded that they hate Israel.
Trump’s net approval among Republicans jumped 5 points on the racist and nativist attacks.
His approval rating now stands at just 41% overall and his disapproval stands at 55%. For most presidents running for re-election that would be a career death sentence but for Trump, it’s strategy.
A USA Today poll, meanwhile, shows 57% of Republicans support Trump’s racist attacks.
Contrary to the view of conservatives, that USA Today poll found 59% of those polled over called Trump’s tweets against the Congresswomen “un-American.”
‘I’m Not Racist’: City Councilman Tells Constituent He Doesn’t Believe In Her Family’s Interracial Marriage
“I’m not racist,” City Councilman Jim Cleveland says. “But I do not believe in interracial marriage. And that’s the end of that story.”
A small Georgia town became big news on Monday when news broke its mayor had refused to consider the application of a Black candidate as city administrator, despite her admitting he was qualified. Her reason: “Because he is Black.”
Outrage continued as a city councilman defended the mayor.
“I’m a Christian and my Christian beliefs are you don’t do interracial marriage. That’s the way I was brought up and that’s the way I believe,” Hoschton City Councilman Jim Cleveland proudly admitted. He also said it makes his “blood boil” when he sees Black and white people together.
Monday evening Hoschton’s city council convened, led by the embattled mayor, in a brief meeting that was open to the public. The racism of two of the town’s top leaders was on the agenda and was not discussed.
Residents called for Mayor Theresa Kenerly and City Councilman Jim Cleveland to resign, as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
“You do not represent our community and I didn’t move here for that,” said Shantwan Austin, who the AJC described as “a black man who moved to Hoschton with his family two years ago.”
Residents followed Councilman Cleveland out to the parking lot, calling on him to resign as he walked to his truck.
“You are evil,” one woman told the Councilman.
“You’re a disgrace!” a man yelled at Cleveland.
“You shoud put your hood on, so we can all recognize you,” one woman yelled at Cleveland as he walked away.
Another woman approached Cleveland and respectfully asked him to look at a photo of her daughter and son-in-law.
“I don’t believe in that,” Councilman Cleveland told her.
“You don’t have to,” the woman told him.
“I don’t disrespect it, I promise you I don’t – I’m not racist,” Cleveland told the woman, interrupting her. “But I do not believe in interracial marriage. And that’s the end of that story.”
“You are racist!” another woman could be heard in the video.
Hoschton, GA Councilman Jim Cleveland defending his unprompted comments on interracial marriage after a town hall (via Sharon Diane on Facebook): @CNN @andersoncooper @ajc @stacyabrams pic.twitter.com/5bddw4n6gb
— savannah (@shortvanburen) May 7, 2019
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