Trump Stumps His Base, But the Not the Rest of Us

‘They are truly foreign languages, nobody even speaks them.’

B Kean

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Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Donald Trump really said a mouthful the other day on a visit to the Texas-Mexico border. While going on about how well he apparently did in stopping the flow of immigrants into the country, he informed the world that so many are coming now that “they are speaking languages no one even knows. They are really foreign.”

“Everybody I speak to says how horrible it is,” he said during an event at the border on Thursday. “Nobody [can] explain to me how allowing millions of people from places unknown, from countries unknown, who don’t speak languages — we have languages coming into our country, we have nobody that even speaks those languages. They are truly foreign languages. Nobody speaks them (About Those Immigrating Languages).”

Imagine the United States being characterized by xenophobia. The land of immigrants has long had an odd knee-jerk reaction to each new wave seeking shelter on our shores, but overall, America bemoans the new arrivals, adjusts, and accepts the new “foreign languages.” This constant influx of people has made America better than it would be otherwise. There is no known negative caused by immigration. Even all of the crimes supposedly attributed to immigrants pale in comparison to the crimes of citizens born in America.

Nonetheless, Trump, whose wife, according to him, speaks eight languages — I call bullshit on this. But maybe she does know how to say, “Would you like me to rub your (insert body part)” in eight languages — speaks at least two or three foreign languages. Her native language, Slovene, is not very popular in the U.S., numbering in the thousands. Melania, however, and her family, who also became U.S. citizens thanks to Trump’s presidency, are white, so that makes their language acceptable. Conservatives are cool with immigration when it is white folks being added.

The odd characterization that the foreigners coming across the Southern border are “really foreign” is a new angle Trump seems to be trying out as he secures the nomination for the Republican Party and transitions to the general election campaign. He understands that to say that all foreigners are bad is not something he can’t get away with simply…

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B Kean

The past holds the answers to today’s problems. “Be curious, not judgmental,” at least until you have all the facts. Think and stop watching cable news.