Donald Trump has supporters convinced he is focused on one thing, “Making America Great Again.” All of his actions are supposedly intended to help the average American, whether it’s securing borders or incentivizing businesses to stay in the country through tax breaks and Twitter praise.
Take for example these from earlier this week
And we go all the way back to December:
(PS: Notice how many Twitter accounts that like his status are default eggs as if the accounts who support him are Twitter-bots, but I’ll leave the conspiracy theories to our Commander-in-chief.)
What this boils down to is Donald Trump creating an environment where we stop ourselves from competing with the best people and the best resources. What allowed America to grow was immigrants coming to the country and working harder and more efficiently so that the country had a competitive advantage.
Ok you read that and you’re not buying it and as your eyes skim over the words you think about the people within America who were born in the US and how they “deserve opportunities” on “their soil” and all the rhetoric that I will politely disagree with for reasons I won’t get in to but let me throw something else at you.
Donald Trump’s immigration policies on business, bans towards countries, and apathy towards crimes committed against immigrants promote racism.
When two Indian men were shot by a man in Kansas, there was no outrage by the President. There was no Tweet. There was no accountability. The victims in this case played by the rules and were helping to make America “great” by working at an American company. There was a broad statement at the President’s first address to Congress saying “Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms.”
He managed to combine all the hatred towards minority groups into one sentence. That’s less effort than he spent complaining Nordstrom carrying Ivanka’s clothing line!
There was no solution, no warning, no lecture about how to resolve this issue. The “Leader of the Free World” can condemn other religions and countries for fostering terrorism but essentially allows US-born citizens to commit more crimes and look the other way. The fact of the matter is, people born in the United States commit crimes at a higher rate than immigrants who come to America. And I’m aware, Sean Spicer came out and gave a statement on his behalf, but for a man that is not afraid of giving his opinion, let’s hear his opinion on domestic crime AGAINST immigrants. Can we get an accusatory Tweet that is a run-on sentence and ends with a one-word recap of his thoughts, “Sad!” or “Pathetic!”.
So what’s the message from Trump? Disregard crimes that are committed against immigrants? Inevitably, America sets itself up to fall behind in technology (because other countries will foster a more international culture that promotes innovation), education (Singapore actually leads the way in many areas), and overall accountability (because, well, Trump).
When we think of great Presidents from the past and messages they delivered, there’s one very applicable one that comes to mind:
“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” said John F. Kennedy, still one of the most popular presidents America has known. Trump on the other hand, seems to be more like the parent at the PTA meeting who blames the other kids in the class for their kid struggling.