I am asked, “Why does Donald Trump hate and fear immigrants so much?” I have no readily available answer, but it sets the wheels turning in my mind … why does he? We know what he says, but we also know that is only hateful rhetoric designed to instill fear in his 30% – 40% base who must be kept in fear so that they will continue to cling to him, to support him. He says that those trying to immigrate to the U.S. are animals, not people. He tells his base that the migrants are murderers, criminals, and rapists and that we are in danger from them. But he knows better, for otherwise why would he feel safe at Mar-a-Lago or at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, both of which have undocumented immigrants on staff?
Why, then, does he fear them? The answer is that he doesn’t fear the immigrants … he fears losing his base if they ever figure out the whopping lies he has told them. His rhetoric about migrants is a tool, nothing more. Let us meet a few of the migrants that attempted to come to this country in the latest caravan … the caravan that Trump has wasted so much of our money sending troops to “defend us against”.
Meet Jennifer and her daughter Lucia. They fled Honduras because life there was very hard and had become increasingly difficult because of the persistent violence.
And here’s Junior and his mother Maria. Junior’s father was killed by gangs in Honduras.
And here is 17-year-old Maeli. She joined the caravan with her young son because she feared for their safety in Honduras. They’ve been largely met with kindness on the long journey north, but things have been tense in Tijuana. She and other migrants had been staying in a makeshift camp on the beach when a crowd of local residents threw stones at them.
And this is Juan Carlos, 16 years of age. The gang members that killed his two uncles in Honduras were pressuring him to either join their gang, else be killed himself.
Now here we have Nelson. Nelson is legally allowed to cross the border, and has three children living in Pennsylvania. So why is Nelson part of the migrant caravan? He said he wanted to experience the solidarity of the caravan, so he was traveling with them. He will wait until the rest are able to cross, he said, before he does.
So far, I haven’t seen anybody that looks like they are here to murder and rape us, have you? As I have said before, surely there are some unsavory characters who traveled with the caravan, but … people, look around the U.S. You want to see unsavory characters? Look at the “Proud Boys”, look at the followers of Richard Spencer … those who have swastikas tattooed on their bodies. Look at the white-hood-wearing cowards of the KKK who make their mischief anonymously, then run. Look, for that matter, at the likes of former Judge Roy Moore of Alabama. I could go on all day naming people in this country, citizens who were born right here, that I wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley.
So back to the original question. There is nothing to fear from these people and Donald Trump knows it because he has “illegal” immigrants working for him in his estates. Donald Trump is a racist, a bigot, and a white supremacist. Remember Charlottesville? He claimed the white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups who held that rally were ‘very fine people’. When he came under fire even from his own party for those remarks, he walked them back for one day, and then repeated them. But is he really a racist, or does it just suit his purpose to be one?
Donald Trump has disparaged Hispanics, African-Americans, Middle-Easterners, Asians … but the only time I have heard him speak of a white person in the same terms was if they were democrats or journalists or women or handicapped or Jewish. He puts down women every chance he gets. He denigrates and mocks the disabled. Remember his mockery of reporter Serge Kovaleski? It truly reminded me of something a high school freshman might do. Trump doesn’t just hate immigrants … Trump hates everybody. If you can do something for him … a vote, campaign donations … then he will pretend to like you. But the truth is that Trump thinks anyone who is not just like him is second-rate, and thankfully there are few who are ‘just like him’. In order to satisfy his own ego, he must de-humanize the rest of us in one way or another. In order to satisfy his dwindling base, he must keep up the lies that immigrants are dangerous, women and African-Americans are stupid, and so on.
I suspect that Donald Trump doesn’t fear immigrants at all, for they provide him with a much-needed platform to keep his base cowering and looking to him for protection.
Photos courtesy of the New York Times. For more, please see the original article.