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On MLK Day: If You Support Trump, You Won’t Like This Post.

January 15, 2018

Martin Luther King, Jr., risked and lost his life for the sake of American citizens who were systematically being treated as subhuman and nonhuman.

Such sacrifice.

king  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Almost as if it were planned for some strategically-released, reality-TV show, only days prior, Donald Trump proved yet again his unfitness to hold the highest office in the land, this time with his now-infamous “s***hole countries” comment directed at Haiti, El Salvador, and certain African countries.

Some senators have confirmed Trump’s remarks, and others offered a denial (see here and here), with the strongest confirmation coming from Illinois Senator, Dick Durbin. From the Hill, on January 15, 2018:

President Trump blasted Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Twitter Monday, claiming the senator “totally misrepresented” his comments calling Haiti , El Salvador and African nations “shithole countries.”

“Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting. Deals can’t get made when there is no trust!” Trump tweeted.

Durbin confirmed a report in The Washington Post that Trump had made the “shithole countries” remark during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform, telling reporters that the president made “hate-filled, vile and racist” comments.

“You’ve seen the comments in the press,” Durbin said Friday. “I’ve not seen one of them that’s inaccurate. To no surprise, the president started tweeting this morning, denying that he used those words. It is not true. He said these hate-filled things, and he said them repeatedly.”

Trump has denied that he made the comments on Twitter, although the White House did not initially deny the report.

Trump’s use of profanity isn’t as problematic as the message behind the profanity– one that he has stated on Twitter– and that is entrance into America based on “merit”:

The lurking darkness here is that someone would have to make a value judgment on what “merits” entrance– and it sounds like being white carries the most merit with Trump.

“Become strong and great again” reads like, “become whiter”– or “become less black and brown.”

How does one argue for the merit of saving a person fleeing for his/her life?

Given Trump’s established reputation for racist words and actions, a disgusting subtext emerges:  “Yeah, I can offer asylum, but what have you done for me lately? And what can you do for me if you’re not white?”

Don’t tell me that this self-serving, white-centric, “merit” posture addresses the complexities of immigration in the mind of this shallow, arrogant man. It does not. It only offers a convenient avenue for exercising racial exclusion.

On the day when America celebrates the life of a man who actually advanced civil rights as the civil rights of his time, Trumpism not only falls flat– it leaves a hole in my heart.

A compassion hole. Not a s***hole.


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  1. Zorba permalink

    So………he also apparently singled out Norway as a country he would approve of immigrants coming here from.
    Norwegians have better health care, better social services, guaranteed pensions, etc.
    Why in the world would they want to move to this sh!thole country?
    I wouldn’t, if I were them.

    • and just imagine what not only Norway but the entire First World of Europe would do if we sent our troops in there to steal all of their resources in the name of fighting terrorism…

  2. Harlan Underhill permalink

    Lovely, Zorba. You both need to rethink your religion.

    • Zorba permalink

      I believe that people should love one another, treat each other with respect, and help each other.
      I believe that “Whatsover you do to the least of these, My brethren, you do unto Me.”
      Trump certainly does not seem to believe this.
      What do you believe, Harlan?

  3. Mercedes –

    The Ellis Island Medal of Honor is an American award founded by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO)[1] which are presented annually to American citizens whose accomplishments in their field and inspired service to the United States are cause for celebration. Past Medalists include seven U.S. Presidents, several world leaders, two Nobel Prize winners and countless leaders of industry, education, the arts, sports and government, along with everyday Americans who have made freedom, liberty and compassion a part of their life’s work.[2][3][4]

    The medals were established at the time of NECO’s founding in 1986; a ceremony is held each May on Ellis Island.[5] All branches of the United States Armed Forces traditionally participate. Both the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate have officially recognized the Ellis Island Medals of Honor, and each year’s recipients are read into the Congressional Record.[6] The Great Hall where immigrants were once processed hosts the gala dinner which follows the ceremony. Approximately 100 medalists are honored each year. Past medalists include seven Presidents, including current President Donald Trump, as well as Nobel Prize winners and leaders of industry, education, the arts, sports and government.[7] Wikipedia

    You can google pics with him standing next to Parks and Cassius Clay and other who received the medal.

  4. Laura H. Chapman permalink

    I cannot imagine any committee process that would honor Trump as if he is a champion of immigrants and inclusion unless the committee operates with an artificial intelligence software program that automatically includes every President.

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