Americans across the country Sunday are pushing back against statements made by President Donald Trump as he ramps up his attacks on immigrants fleeing violence in Central America, hoping for asylum in the U.S.
“We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country,” the president said in a statement via Twitter. “When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came. Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and Law and Order,” he claimed, falsely.
Also, illegally – immigrants, even those who enter the country illegally, have civil rights once they are on U.S. soil.
“Most children come without parents,” Trump continued, which is at best questionable. “Our Immigration policy, laughed at all over the world, is very unfair to all of those people who have gone through the system legally and are waiting on line for years! Immigration must be based on merit – we need people who will help to Make America Great Again!”
Trump has worked hard to reduce the number of immigrants into the U.S., especially from Muslim-majority countries, via his travel ban, and from African nations, which he infamously referred to as “shithole countries,” and now from Central America. Many of those he is attacking are seeking refugee status and asylum. Several countries in Honduras in recent years have been labeled “the murder capital of the world,” due to their exponentially higher rates of violence and murder.
On social media, many are noting the president’s language choices reflect his true feelings about immigrants in general. Words like “these people,” “invade,” and recently, “infest,” “breed,” and “animals,” clearly are meant to dehumanize immigrants – legal or otherwise.
One offered a edited copy of The 10 Stages of Genocide. The original was written by Gregory H. Stanton, the President of Genocide Watch, who is a Research Professor in Genocide Studies and Prevention at George Mason University:
I guess he figured “infest” didn’t work so he’s trying “invade” instead. pic.twitter.com/cSeeR4v9KO
— KD (@Fly_Sistah) June 24, 2018
Others weighed in with similar concerns and outrage:
When he said “infest,” he was denying their humanity.
When he says “invade,” he’s suggesting that people seeking the very freedom we cherish are hostile simply because they’re foreign.
It’s all pure racism. https://t.co/6ipiLCLrUE
— Zack Ford (@ZackFord) June 24, 2018
This is the language of fascism.
The silence of republican leaders
everywhere is deafening . https://t.co/JStzc3KSiE
— steven pasquale (@StevePasquale) June 24, 2018
“Invade.” And earlier, “Infest.”
Seeking asylum is legal. It is not an invasion.
You began your political career with racism & now that’s all you have left to keep your equally racist base afraid, riled up, and codependent. https://t.co/QJoVBiLHEV
— Laffy (@GottaLaff) June 24, 2018
“invade” “infest” “criminals” “rapists” “gang members”
the president is a white supremacist. https://t.co/wuiw3WIKB8
— Emmy Bengtson (@EmmyA2) June 24, 2018
These are families escaping war.
Undocumented immigrants commit crime at ONE FOURTH the rate of the native born population.
This is a naked attempt to manufacture fear to help your own political career and fill your own pockets.
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) June 24, 2018
Using the words “invade” and “infest” portrays racism. Those words are unacceptable and we will remember in the midterms. #resist
— Schmidtty (@sch11midt) June 24, 2018
For someone with such a small vocabulary, it’s nothing but obvious what he is attempting to do by using words like “invade”, “infest” and “animals” in the context of immigration and if you think otherwise, you’re complicit and just as bad as him. Thanks for coming to my ted talk https://t.co/QZjkmbnGdd
— Breezy ErrDeezy (@errdaisha) June 24, 2018
Fascist America? Or just Asshole America? Either way, I’m not for it.
We’re ready Mr. Mueller, ready anytime.
— 🌈stacey meis (@staceymeis) June 24, 2018
Invade? Infest? You are the reincarnated Hitler, aren’t you.
— Over it 💁♂️ (@DJZurbriggen) June 24, 2018
“Invade our Country”, “Infest our Country”. Conjuring images of vermin and an invasion to vilify a group of people is a fascist tactic.
Calling for the removal of a group of people without due process is a fascist tactic.
— lynds (@cowinzy) June 24, 2018
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Watch: Trump Laughs, Jokes After Supporter Calls for Shooting Migrants
President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Panama City Beach, Florida Wednesday night was the usual raucous affair – except for one exchange which has many even more outraged than usual.
Complaining to supporters from the Florida panhandle that migrants are trying to enter the U.S. through the Southern border, the President asked, “How do you stop these people?”
One supporter, as The Guardian reported, responded, “Shoot them!”
President Trump laughed, paused, then turned it into an applause line.
“That’s only in the panhandle can you get away with that statement,” Trump proclaimed. As the audience broke out into cheers and applause, Trump, who himself has called labeled immigrants “animals,” repeated: “Only in the panhandle.”
At his rally tonight, Trump says the government is unable to violently attack immigrants, someone in the crowd shouted “Shoot them!”
The crowd & Trump erupt in laughter & cheers. Trump says, “Only in the panhandle can you get away with that statement.”pic.twitter.com/SgQd2OH9ti
— jordan (@JordanUhl) May 9, 2019
White House Aides Scrambling to Deal With Fallout From Trump’s Thinly-Veiled Threat of Violence: Report
Staffers Are Trying to Justify Remarks by Saying ‘That’s Just the Way the President Talks’
White House aides are reportedly struggling to figure out how to “spin” comments the president made prior to the New Zealand mosque massacre that could be viewed as incitements to violence.
In an interview with Breitbart ostensibly about a free speech order he’s about to sign, the president referenced all the “tough” people he has in his corner.
“I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump – I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough — until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad,” Trump said. “But the left plays it cuter and tougher.”
CNN host Wolf Blitzer noted the comments were “disturbing” when asking White House correspondent Kaitlin Collins about how things are within the administration.
“Aides behind the scenes were pushing back on this saying, ‘that’s just the way the president talks,’” Collins explained. “That’s something you hear when the president makes a remark like this.”
She added that she wasn’t surprised by what he said because he’s made similar comments “in front of cameras, at rallies and events like that.
“Aides don’t know how to respond to this,” Collins added. “They don’t know how to spin this or anything like that. They hope that this is one of those comments, because the president says so many things, that they can just kind of let go by with the news cycle.”
Dictionary.com Reveals Spike in Searches for This Disturbing Term After Trump’s Thinly-Veiled Threat of Violence
President Donald Trump issued a thinly-veiled threat of fascistic violence this week in an interview with the far right wing website Breitbart. While largely ignored on the right, Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale’s tweet on Thursday highlighting a disturbing quote by the President went viral.
Trump to Breitbart on how the left plays tough: “I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump — I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough — until they go to a certain point and then it would be very bad, very bad.”
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) March 14, 2019
Several experts on authoritarianism and others who closely follow President Trump’s moves and remarks reminded followers on social media Trump’s words are another example of “stochastic terrorism.”
Trump’s rhetoric has already been associated with spikes in hate crimes and extremist violence. The comment below is a prime example of stochastic terrorism, and none of us should
be surprised when it leads to political violence. https://t.co/hBdT1sBH9a
— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) March 14, 2019
This, too, must be read as part of Trump’s campaign of stochastic terrorism. He is inviting average people to commit violence on his behalf, but distancing himself from it with the pretense that he’s just stating a “truth” about “the way it is.” https://t.co/0vyV9gIg90
— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) March 14, 2019
Stochastic terrorism. Incitement. Call it whatever you want, but this alone is a grave abuse of his office.
I repeat: Waffling on #impeachment is a terrible message about whether Dems will defend the Constitution.
This is just another example of how emboldened Trump is. https://t.co/vVotysLPaH
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) March 14, 2019
If you’re like most people, the term “stochastic terrorism” is confusing at best. (So is pronouncing it.)
Clearly, many folks looked it up, because Thursday evening the people at Dictionary.com revealed that searches for the term are trending today on their site:
Trending on https://t.co/OeJELgy3YL: Stochastic terrorism.
It means the public demonization of a person or group resulting in the incitement of a violent act.https://t.co/2xI3HNIjXh
— Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) March 14, 2019
The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent explains how Trump’s thinly-veiled threats of violence work:
It’s important to unpack how Trump’s veiled incitement really works.
He isn’t *calling* on his supporters to be violent. He’s just saying, hey, they *might* get violent under certain circumstances, and by golly, you’d better hope it doesn’t!https://t.co/K34XltBT2Y
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) March 14, 2019
Back in January Wired took a look at “stochastic terrorism,” which they define as, “Acts of violence by random extremists, triggered by political demagoguery.”
Bottom line: The President of the United States is engaging in fascistic behavior. Or, if you’d rather, he’s play around with fascism, trying it on seeing how it fits. And it’s becoming clearer and clearer that he thinks it fits just fine.
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