As the protests against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) — along with calls to abolish the agency completely — have ramped up after Donald Trump’s inhumane treatment of migrant families at the southern border, the response from the Trump administration has been one of panic and fear mongering. While it’s exactly what we would expect from a White House as racist as Trump’s, the way the Trump administration is communicating this to America is like nothing we’ve seen before.
White House communications are really starting to look a lot like Trump’s tweets, and in all honesty, the unhinged POTUS is probably writing these himself without anyone editing it. The White House Press Office released this insane statement today, which went off on all the ways America would supposedly fall apart if ICE (which wasn’t even a thing until 2003), was done with. The press release screamed:
“ABOLISHING ICE WOULD ERASE AMERICA’S BORDERS AND OPEN THE FLOODGATES TO MORE CRIME, DRUGS, AND TERRORISM.”
The White House is actually trying to tell people that if we “open the floodgates,” America is pretty much doomed. Adding more racist statements, the White House said:
“Abolishing ICE would mean open borders because it would eliminate the agency responsible for removing people who enter or remain in our country illegally, including drug dealers; gang members; and child molesters, rapists, and other sex offenders”
Then, the Trump administration really tried to hit the point home with MS-13 talking points:
“Abolishing ICE would allow dangerous criminal aliens—including violent and ruthless members of the MS-13 gang—to remain in American communities and inflict terrible harm on innocent American men, women, and children.”
“Abolishing ICE would mean more dangerous illegal drugs flowing into our communities, causing more Americans to needlessly suffer.”
And of course, terrorism would run rampant:
“Abolishing ICE would mean eliminating the agency that deports aliens that pose a terrorist threat to the United States. To the great and brave men and women of ICE, do not worry or lose your spirit. You are doing a fantastic job of keeping us safe by eradicating the worst criminal elements.”
The fact that Trump and his team do not want any non-white people in this country could not be more apparent. The fact that a message like this is coming from the White House should disturb everyone. But lest we forget, Trump does not exist in a vacuum — the rest of the GOP has completely bought into Trump’s racist rhetoric, and have been tweeting exactly the same thing from their official social media account.
We can’t let these racists win again in November.
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