Today I sent this e-mail/message to all my (our) Republican office holders.
Dear Congressman/Senator/State Representative/State Senator/Governor/Lieutenant Governor:
Last weekend President Trump stunned us once again with his racist tweets about four Congresswomen of color:
So interesting to see “progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, 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.
Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements.
Of course, the late-night comedy hosts have jumped all over these tweets, pointing out that three of the congresswomen were born in the United States and the government that is a “complete and total catastrophe” is, therefore, the president’s and our own.
I came of age in the 1960s and 1970s, when protestors against the war in Vietnam and against segregation were told to “Love it or leave it.”
The implicit attack on our First Amendment rights was obvious then and it’s obvious now. That the president doesn’t see it as such speaks volumes.
But we all know what he meant.
They are the descendants of people who came from “s%$# hole” countries (the president’s words) with problematic governments (in the president’s opinion).
Of course, even then Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has Puerto Rican heritage, Puerto Rico being an American territory.
Does anyone really think that if they had been descendants of French, English, German, Scandinavian or any other majority caucasian country the president would have expressed himself in this way?
This is classic race-baiting, throwing red meat to his supporters. It’s right in line with his “there are good people on both sides” response to what happened in Charlottesville in 2017.
There has been deafening silence from most of the Republican Party repudiating the president’s juvenile, racist remarks.
I am, therefore, calling on all of you who represent me to speak out on this issue.
Failure to speak is to agree tacitly with the president. Is this the side of history on which you want to be found?