Frank Sharry: “As Donald Trump becomes the head of the Republican Party, the Republican Party becomes defined by his racism and nativism”
Tonight, when Donald Trump speaks to the Republican convention as the official Republican nominee, it will represent the coronation of a man who is advancing a dangerous vision of an America cleaved along racial and religious lines.
Since day one of his campaign, Trump has made his explicitly nativist, mass deportation immigration plans the centerpiece of his dark vision of America. Recently, some of Trump’s fellow Republicans have been trying to explain away and reinterpret their nominee’s immigration views (see recent examples from Rep. Darrell Issa and Senator Jeff Sessions, the latter of whom claimed yesterday that “I don’t think he plans to systematically deport the undocumented”). Yet Trump’s own words and detailed views on immigration and immigrants make it very clear, and chilling, where he actually stands.
Donald Trump launched his campaign over a year ago by calling Mexican immigrants rapists, criminals and drug-dealers. He refused to walk those remarks back or apologize for them. He later called Mexicans and other immigrants “killers.”
When two followers attacked a 58-year old Latino man in Boston, he called them “passionate.”
Donald Trump then called for the mass deportation of 11 million immigrants by a “deportation force” over the first 18-24 months of his presidency.
Donald Trump called “Operation Wetback” a 1950’s mass expulsion initiative that trampled civil liberties and killed hundreds, a model.
He promises a 14th century wall to deal with a 21st century migration challenge, and says he will make Mexico pay for it.
He is looking to revoke birthright citizenship of 4.5 American children born of immigrant parents in the United States and calls them “anchor babies.”
He pledges to rescind protections for 700,000 Dreamers on his first day as President.
He threw Univision anchor Jorge Ramos out of a news conference, sneering, “Go back to Univision.”
He argued that Judge Curiel, a highly reputable judge born in Indiana, could not be trusted because “he’s Mexican.”
According to Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, “As Donald Trump becomes the head of the Republican Party, the Republican Party becomes defined by his racism and nativism. History will not look favorably on his fellow Republicans who enabled or capitulated to his rise and refused to stand up to his hate and fear mongering. In an election shaping up as a referendum on what type of America we aspire to, Trump has proven himself a threat to the American experiment and fundamentally unfit to lead our great nation.”