Donald Trump says a lot of things, but its the things he doesn’t say that scare us the most. Trump’s acceptance speech for presidential nominee leaked hours before he took the stage, but thanks to a reliable source at Mitú, we actually saw an earlier draft Trump planned to give.* The manifesto, which was scribbled in Trump’s favorite crayon shade, features a lot of points that were cut from his final performance. Here are a few examples of the edit:
Trump said this: “Homicides last year increased by 17 percent in America’s 50 largest cities. That’s the largest increase in 25 years.”
We think it’s safe to say that the president of the United States is an unrepentant bigot. For example, the Muslim Ban and the internment of South American migrants at the borders are both works of pure xenophobia. Also, we can recall those rumors of an infamous recording that allegedly has the business-man-turned-politician dropping the N-word.
So, it’s no surprise when Trump goes off on racist tangents about Black and brown people pretty regularly. In his latest bigoted explosion, the president’s target is Congressional women of color.
Sunday morning, the president went on a racist Twitter rant aimed at Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other freshman congresswomen of color
Twitter / @realDonaldTrump
In the tweets, Trump condemned what he called “‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen.” These tweets are directed at Representative Ocasio-Cortez as well as Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, and Rep. Ayanna Pressley. Recently, these freshmen congresswomen have spoken out against the racism that is prevalent in our political systems.
This past week, the women came under fire from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. After she made disparaging comments in an interview about the group’s Twitter presence, AOC and the other congresswomen pushed back against Pelosi. In response, the Speaker of the House scolded the group during a caucus meeting on July 10th.
“You got a complaint?,” the Speaker said during her time on the floor. “You come and talk to me about it. But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just okay.”
In response, AOC and the other congresswomen — often referred to as “the Squad” — responded to what they saw was a targeted assault on women of color in the Congress. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez spoke about the disharmony with the Washington Post, calling it a “persistent singling out.” She further explained, “It got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful … the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”
Trump was quick to defend Pelosi — someone who he regularly attacks — against claims of racism.
However, that set up his own racist and, frankly, inaccurate Sunday morning strike on the congresswomen.
Twitter / @realDonaldTrump
The president tweeted:
“So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat congresswomen, who originally come from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, the most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all) now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run.”
There’s a lot to unpack with this run-on sentence but let’s start with the inaccuracies.
AOC was born in the Bronx, New York, a community that the congresswomen now represents. Rep. Tlaib was born in and represents Detroit. Rep. Pressley was born in Cincinnati and raised in Chicago. She now represents Boston, Massachusetts. As a child, Rep. Omar and her family were forced to flee Somalia and received asylum in the US. She became a US citizen in the year 2000 and serves as congresswomen to Minneapolis.
All four are American citizens and are sworn to serve the United States as congresswomen. The only “corrupt and inept” country that they have alliance to is American and they are working to call out the dysfunction of our system no matter who attacks them.
Democrats were quick to respond to Trump’s ridiculous tweet storm.
Twitter / @ewarren
Presidential hopeful, Elizabeth Warren called out the president words as the “racist and xenophobic attack” that it is. She concluded her response by promising these congresswomen will receive the respect they deserve — the respect not granted by Trump — when she becomes president.
Even Nancy Pelosi, an instigator in this conflict, condemned the president’s words.
Twitter / @SpeakerPelosi
The Speaker claimed that Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign has “always been about making America white again.” Pelosi goes on to announce that it is our diversity that gives us strength, unity and power as a nation.
Representative Ocasio-Cortez went on to answer the president’s vile tweets with ones of her own and showed that she is not backing down in the face of bigotry.
Twitter / @AOC
In the thread that contained her response, the representative went on to challenge Trump in his racism and fear-mongering. She pointed out that the issue that vexes the president and people like him is that AOC and people like her do not fear them. She and her fellow freshman congresswomen will continue to serve the communities they were elected to. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and her Squad know there isn’t much the president can do in response to this besides have another tweet tantrum and they don’t plan to let that stop their push for a more inclusive system.
The conflict at America’s southern border proves to be more and more horrific as containment continues. Now, with ICE raids having started over the weekend, more activists are getting in the mix to protest the existence of these facilities and their abusive treatment of migrants. On Friday, protesters camped outside of ICE detention centers around the nation, ready for rallies to denounce further internment of migrants from Central America and other foreign nations.
One of these protests is receiving national attention because of how demonstrators handled the facility’s United States flag.
Protesters at the Aurora, Colorado facility removed the American flag on display outside the building and replaced it with the flag of Mexico.
Twitter / @RealSaavedra
American flags are always flown outside of government buildings. A “Blue Lives Matter” flag was also removed and replaced. The flag was hoisted upside down on its pole with the words “Abolish ICE” spray painted upon it.
The DENVER POST reported that the demonstration was just one part of a nationwide event called Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps. The events were aimed at protesting the scheduled onslaught of ICE raids that are planned for the coming weeks. The event’s goal was also to expose the human rights violations being committed against the detained migrants.
The altered flags did not fly for long. Armed guards quickly removed the Mexican and defaced “Blue Lives Matter” flags and replaced them with another US flag and the Colorado state flag.
Still, the brief act of defiance caught Twitter’s attention and nobody was happy about it.
Twitter / @charliekirk11
Conservatives and Republicans were quick to see this as an act of treason. This Twitter user claimed that the Democratic goal for the next election year was to “Make America Mexico.” This isn’t the point that protesters were trying to make but it is one that was assumed by Conservative Twitter. Many far-right Twitter accounts have since referred to this act as proof of an “invasion” as opposed to immigration.
This account relied on a racist mantra in response to the Mexican flag swap.
Twitter / @TrumpStudents
Often times when citizens criticize the United States, conservatives respond with the old adage “If you don’t like it here, leave.” That’s how this Trump Student Twitter handle responded. However, this is our country too and, instead of abandoning it, protesters and activists want to make it more inclusive and more harmonious. Besides, protesting against tyranny is just about as American a tradition can get.
Still, there were others disappointed by this swap. Central American and Latinx Twitter were quick to point out the hypocrisy.
Twitter / @_danalvarenga
Many pointed out that the Mexican government is just as responsible for the death, brutality, and confinement of Central American migrants as the United States is. Salvadoran journalist, Daniel Alvarenga, tweeted his disapproval of the Mexican flag swap by pointing out that this act is not the solidarity that activists should be showing towards migrant communities. The Mexican flag, he points out, is also a symbol of death to many Central American people.
This Twitter user glibly suggested that the presence of the Mexican flag meant that activists were acknowledging Mexico’s role in the deaths of thousands of Central Americans.
This fact is often dismissed but migrants traveling through Mexico to seek asylum in the US are often treated despicably by Mexican officials. They are denied shelter, resources and are quickly hastened to the Mexican-American border. They are not given any sort or comfort or safety in Mexico. Central America migrants also face discrimination and hatred from Mexican nationals — making their trip even more difficult.
Another Twitter user observed that people from the Latinidad are often lumped together under one incorrect classification.
Twitter / @TheHoesherJew
This tweet points out that not all Latinx folk are Mexican. Flying the Mexican flag erases the fact that most people in these southern border facilities are not from Mexico. It perpetuates a bigoted assumption and is probably not the message activists wanted to send.
The takeaway? The suffering of our Central American familia needs to be acknowledged instead of capitalized upon for a photo op with a flag of their oppressors. The United States government isn’t the only one to harm these migrants and we should remember that going forward as we try to ally and advocate with the migrant community.
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