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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Trump Gleefully Jokes About ‘Rough’ Treatment of US Reporters by North Korean Guards (Video)
Last month during a GOP fundraiser held at Mar-a-Lago Donald Trump, the former president, gleefully recounted an event he says took place when he met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
“And the press came in and they were rough, not so much with him — even not so much with me — but the way they poured in, physically they tried to push guards down. And fortunately, these were North Korea guards. They didn’t get pushed down.”
“It was a rough kind of a day for the press,” Trump noted.
Walker adds there is “a chance Trump may have said ‘unfortunately,’ but the overall intent of the remark — mocking tough physical treatment of the press by the authoritarian Kim’s guards — is clear. After telling the tale, Trump began to chuckle and the audience laughed along with him.”
The Washington Post reported at the time of the meeting, June of 2019, that then-press secretary Stephanie Grisham was “bruised…in a scuffle between North Korean security and members of the U.S. press pool covering President Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.”
The Secret Service was forced to intervene “as North Korean guards pushed and shoved American reporters,” The Post added.
Trump spent a good portion of his time campaigning from 2015 through 2021 attacking the press, even calling out some reporters by name. One famous story involves NBC News/MSNBC reporter Katy Tur, who required Secret Service armed escorts out of a Trump rally in December of 2015 after she was personally, verbally attacked by Trump.
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‘We Will Never Back Down’: Marjorie Taylor Greene Serves Up Defiant Religious Rant Vowing to Only Serve God
Embattled U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) served up a fiery, defiant religious rant on social media Wednesday morning, and speaking in the third person, vowing to only “serve” and “bow to” God.
“We will never back down,” she promised.
At 6:42 AM Greene, whose Twitter bio indicates she is a “Christian, Wife, Mom, Small Business Owner, Proud American, 100% Pro-Life, Pro-Gun, Pro-Trump #MAGA,” posted a tweet praising God.
His ways are the only ways I care about.
How GREAT is our God! pic.twitter.com/jTNHI71SJq
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) February 3, 2021
About an hour later, Greene responded to a Politico report stating House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was leaning toward stripping her of her committee assignments, declaring that no matter what he does, “it would never be enough for the hate America Democrats.”
The “hate America Democrats” is a favorite phrase of Greene’s.
Rather than attack McCarthy, who holds her future in his hands, she went after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, whose execution she has repeatedly supported.
“As much as [McCarthy] genuinely tries to work with @SpeakerPelosi for the good of this country, she refuses to see the hypocrisy of her own conference,” Greene claimed.
She then proceeded to attack well-known Democratic lawmakers, although not mentioning them by name. These are not new attacks from Greene, she has made most of these before, but they are vitriolic and most are unfounded.
Filled with members who supported, cheered on, & funded criminal thugs who riot, burn, loot, attack police, murder, & occupy federal property.
Members who sleep with our greatest enemy, marry their brother to get him in our country, lead a violent mob in neighborhoods, and more.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) February 3, 2021
They are only set out to destroy Republicans, your jobs, our economy, your children’s education and lives, steal our freedoms, and erase God’s creation.
And the bloodthirsty media are their henchmen who help them by relentlessly attacking anyone in their path.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) February 3, 2021
And then Greene reverted to her religious remarks, again, appearing to speak in the third person.
We know who they all are.
We owe them no apologies
We will never back down.
We only serve the ONE who created us ALL, and we only bow to HIM.
And we know who we are, free and saved by HIS grace.
No matter what.
McEnany: Trump Continues to Pursue ‘Ongoing Litigation’ to Retain Power– It’s Not ‘the January 20th Date’ Yet
Kayleigh McEnany on Tuesday, in her role this afternoon as White House press secretary, says President Donald Trump continues to pursue “ongoing litigation” to retain power and has until January 20 to continue those actions.
President-elect Joe Biden won the Electoral College in a 306-232 vote, and beat Donald Trump by more than 7 million votes in the popular vote.
McEnany said Monday’s Electoral College vote was merely “one step in the constitutional process leading up to the January 20th date in the Constitution.”
Her statements are false. The Electoral College has completed its constitutional duties and there is no legal path for overturning its vote.
Despite her being a senior advisor to the Trump campaign, a role experts say is at minimum the appearance of an ethical conflict, she refused to answer more questions and referred reporters to the campaign.
.@PressSec doesn’t say if @realDonaldTrump accepts #ElectionResults2020, telling @CBSNews‘ @benstracy the #ElectoralCollege‘s certification “was one step in the constitutional process leading up to the January 20th date in the constitution” and that “litigation is ongoing” pic.twitter.com/Q1URk1n6so
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) December 15, 2020
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