January 19th, 2019 10:21 EST
Donald Trump's Racist Claim About Prayer Rugs Found at the Border
"On Friday, Donald Trump tweeted the headline to a recent Washington Examiner story, which read: Border rancher we`ve found prayer rugs out here. It`s unreal. As the headline suggests, the story is about a New Mexico rancher who claims to have seen prayer rugs-typically used by observers of Islam-near the U.S.-Mexico border. After the headline, Trump added this: People coming across the Southern Border from many countries, some of which would be a big surprise.
In Donald Trump`s announcement speech he set a tone for his campaign and for his administration:
When Mexico sends its people, they`re not sending their best. They`re not sending you. They`re not sending you. They`re sending people that have lots of problems and they`re bringing those problems with us. They`re bringing drugs, they`re bringing crime, they`re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people."
Trump`s anti-Hispanic immigration rhetoric has been a constant drumbeat during his administration. He ramped up the demonization of brown immigrants in the weeks before the midterm elections. Who can forget the infamous web video --- produced for the Trump campaign - featuring the notorious Mexican national, Louis Bracamontes, who was convicted of killing two California deputies?
Trump is once again ratcheting up his anti-immigration rhetoric in a desperate attempt to convince the American public that he is right in refusing to agree to a compromise to fund the government that doesn`t include five billion for his beloved wall.
But this time Trump is adding anti-Muslim hate speech to his vitriolic mix of racism. The racist-in-chief tweeted a headline from the ultraconservative Washington Examiner that quoted a border rancher claiming to have found prayer rugs. Of course Trump realizes that his racist base will conflate Muslim prayer rugs with Islamic terrorists.
The Washington Examiner story is totally bogus, the rancher quoted in the article isn`t identified and she didn`t provide any photographic or video evidence of her magical prayer rugs. Those prayer rugs are as real as Trump`s proposed 30-foot concrete wall between Mexico and the United States.
We mustn`t allow Trump`s noxious anti-immigrant rhetoric to persuade us that we need a wall, and I hope the Democrats remain steadfast and won`t give him a dime for his accursed wall.
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