Even though Trump came into power relatively easily with an anti-immigrant agenda, history has already consigned this to be one of the darkest chapters of this nation. Recall that he didn’t win the popular vote, but was stealthily installed by the incomprehensible Electoral College and an important fraction of white voters in the United States who are animated by his discriminatory rhetoric that refers to a “glorious” past and a social formula that did not include minorities. These groups were harassed, attacked, marginalized, and pushed out, and the signs saying “Whites Only” or “No negros, Mexicans, or dogs allowed” that were present everywhere were a clear sign of intolerance.
How Trump has maintained power for almost a year is the question that millions of people here and throughout the world are asking right now, especially in this country that has tried to distinguish itself as an example of the fight for and defense of civil rights – one that has tried to instill a culture of tolerance and demographic diversity both here and abroad. These are the precise values that have made this country into the place of aspirational dreams–both personal and collective – unprecedented by history.
How Trump has maintained power for almost a year is the question that millions of people here and throughout the world are asking right now, especially in this country that has tried to distinguish itself as an example of the fight for and defense of civil rights.
Now that we have once again confirmed the very essence of the president’s governing style to be rooted in xenophobia, we have to realize that Trump is converting the United States into an “island” that will not only reject future generations of immigrants – if that’s what they are – but force them to look toward other horizons where the human right to mobility is not stubbornly blocked by a “Shithole President.”
By David Torres
David Torres is a Spanish-language Advisor at America’s Voice and America’s Voice Education Fund. Americasvoice.org
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