Lately, Republican Presidential candidate and sentient cat toy Donald Trump has been tossing around a new claim when it comes to illegal immigration. In multiple interviews and campaign events, The Donald has been equating the #BlackLivesMatter movement and recent unrest in cities like Ferguson and Baltimore to his idea that all of the country’s ills and woes are due to undocumented immigrants from Mexico. In Trump’s view, gangs are causing all kinds of issues in these cities, and a lot of the members of said gangs are illegal immigrants. Therefore, he will make sure to deport them all.
The real estate mogul made this claim in his interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo earlier this week. He also referenced it during a campaign stop in New Hampshire. In a phone interview with an Alabama radio station on Thursday, Trump once again pulled this shit straight out of his ass and presented it for consumption.
“You know, a lot of the gangs that you see — this doesn’t hopefully pertain to you guys so much — when you look at Baltimore, when you look at Chicago, and Ferguson a lot of these areas. You know, a lot of these gang members are illegal immigrants. They’re gonna be gone. We’re gonna get them out so fast, out of this country. So fast.”
It doesn’t take a genius to see what Trump is doing here. He knows that the voters he is appealing to most are racist white conservatives who think they’re losing their country. Besides being pissed off about the shifting demographics due to the rise of Hispanic and Latino populations, they also are disgusted by the rise of black activism that is turning attention to police brutality and harassment against minorities. Thus, Trump will cover all of his bases by painting cities where large-scale protests have occurred with his all-encompassing “It’s the ILLEGALS’ brush.
Considering the fact that Trump is now pushing the notion that the 14th Amendment shouldn’t apply to birthright citizenship, is it that far of a leap to think that besides deporting millions of undocumented immigrants the celebrity billionaire also would like to kick out other ‘undesirables’? It definitely seems like he is leaning that way with his rhetoric. And you know his supporters are taking it that way.
Below is audio of the radio interview, courtesy of Buzzfeed: