President Donald Trump once again has revealed with his own words and actions that he is in fact a racist.
The problem for New Mexico is that Congressman Steve Pearce will not admit it nor condemn it and yet he wants to be the Governor of one of the most ethnic diverse states in the United States with a “minority majority”.
In a White House private meeting and discussion with United States Senators about a new bipartisan immigration bill, President Donald Trump revealed his racism one again when referred to Haiti, El Salvador, Honduras and African nations in a vulgar and derogatory manner.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here? … We should have more people from Norway” President Trump was reported as saying.
For the geographically challenged, Norway is a European country that is as white or Anglo as you can get.
NEW MEXICO’S CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR RESPOND
Both Democrat US Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham and Republican US Representative Steve Pearce, both who are running for Governor of New Mexico, were interviewed and asked to comment on Trump’s latest remarks.
Democrat US Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham Lujan was reported as saying that President Trump’s comments were “shameful, abhorrent, unpresidential, and deserves our strongest condemnation. … We must use our voices to ensure that our nation never returns to the days when ignorance, prejudice, and racism dictated our decision making.”
Republican US Representative Steve Pearce released a written statement saying “It is not appropriate to disparage anyone based on where they come from. We are a nation of values and should act with respect towards others. … We need to remain focused on fixing our nation’s broken immigration system so that people from all walks of life can achieve their vision of the American dream.”
PEARCE’S KKOB RADIO INTERVIEW
The day after Representative Steve Pearce issued his written statement he was interviewed by KKOB radio.
KKOB radio station is known for its very conservative and very Republican audience and conservative talk show programs it broadcasts.
Steve Pearce is interviewed so much by KKOB to the point he should just go ahead and be given his own radio program by the station so he can promote his agenda to his political base.
In his KKOB radio interview, Pearce said “The [President’s] language should have been something different’.
Pearce downplayed Trump’s remarks by saying he would prefer to stay “focused on the issues.”
What was amazing is the way that Steve Pearce bent over backwards in trying to justify Trump’s comments to the point he almost broke his back and spinal cord.
Following are the comments Steve Pierce was quoted as saying on KKOB:
“First of all, we knew exactly who he [Trump] was. … The Democrats made it very obvious in the campaign. There was no stone left unturned, every crude thing that had been said. Now, myself, I go and I talk to the Republican congressmen and women from New York and I just say, ‘What’s going on here?’ And they say, ‘Oh, he’s one of those Queens guys’ – it’s like one of those Lea County guys – you know, that’s just the way they are. They just talk like that. They just do stuff like that. And they said they’re combative. Everybody in Queens is that way. … Frankly, almost every bipartisan group I sit in behind the scenes sounds very much like that anyway. … So, it’s as if we’re finding this religious fervor in public, but the same people who are criticizing would probably do and say very similar stuff.”
(See January 13, 2018 Albuquerque Journal, page A5, “NM reps weigh in on Trump comment; Lujan blasts president; Pearce says such language often used in private meetings”)
I do not think “those Lea County guys” would ever accept Steve Pearce comparing them to “one of those Queens guys” and nor that “They just talk like that. They just do stuff like that.”
Congressman Steve Pearce, the answer to your question “What’s going on here?” is that President Donald Trump is a racist, pure plain and simple.
Congressman Pearce, please admit it, and do not get over it.
While Congressman Steve Pearce is still in office, I hope he would ask President Trump if he thinks any State or if New Mexico or any city in the State of New Mexico is a “shit hole”.
You have to wonder if Trump thinks US Territory Puerto Rico is now a “shit hole” after the devastation from the recent hurricane and the desperate pleas for help from American Hispanic Citizens who are still living without electricity and trying to rebuild.
When Trumps says “sure” maybe then Steve Pearce will show he has some semblance of a back bone to go to bat for the diverse people he wants to represent as Governor.
Ignorance, prejudice, and racism is dictating Trump’s decision making and policy making and Pearce needs to condemn it in no uncertain terms.
NOT FIRST TIME TRUMP HAS SHOWN HIS RACISM
President Trumps racism dates back to 1973 when his housing management company was the target of a Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division civil lawsuit over allegations that he and father as real estate developers were keeping black and Puerto Rican people out of their apartments.
It was in 1989 that Donald Trump purchased ads calling for the death penalty for the “Central Park Five,” four black men and one Latino man accused of rape who were later exonerated by DNA evidence.
During the 2016 presidential election, Trump still insisted the “Central Park Five” were guilty.
For at least eight (8) years, Donald Trump was front an center of the “birther movement” and questioned former President Barack Obama’s American citizenship thereby questioning Obama’s legitimacy as President of the United States.
In 2011, Trump called on President Obama to release his birth certificate and went as far as to offer to give $5 million to one of Obama’s charity of choice if he released his college records and passport.
In 2015 when Donald Trump announced his bid for the presidency, he said “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. 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 bring crime. They’re rapists… And some, I assume, are good people.”
During the Presidential election, Trump said “I will build a great wall – and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me – and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”
In May 2016 during the presidential campaign, Trump suggested United States Federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who oversaw the class action lawsuit against Trump University, was biased against Trump due to his “Mexican” heritage claiming American born Curiel was from Mexico.
During a campaign stop, Trump looked over a crowd and ask out loud to the crowd of supporters “where’s my African American” as if to show he had support of African Americans.
On January 27, 2017, just seven days after being sworn in as President, January Donald Trump signed an executive order halting all refugee admissions and temporarily barring people from seven Muslim-majority countries arguing it was needed to combat terrorism. The move sparked numerous protests and legal challenges.
In August 2017, after a 20-year-old white man drove his car into a crowd at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing one anti-racist protester and injuring 19 others,President Trump said that there was “blame on both sides” regarding the deadly violence that was instigated by white supremacists.
President Trump during a ceremony in the White House to honor the World War II Navajo Code talkers, one from New Mexico, he took the opportunity to call Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas”.
During the football season, Trump proclaimed that professional football players, who were predominantly African American and who “took a knee” during the national anthem to protest the treatment of African Americans should be fired.
The New York Times reported in December, 2017 that President Trump said in a June meeting about immigration that Haitians “all have AIDS”, a statement denied by the White House.
On December 24, 2017, The New York Times reported that President Donald Trump described Nigerians as people living in huts and that they would not want to return to them. He reportedly said 40,000 had come from Nigeria and would never “go back to their huts” once they had seen America.
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Trump’s vulgar comment and Congressman Steve Pierce’s KKOB interview occurred just a few days before the country celebrated Martin Luther King Day.
On Martin Luther King day, President Trump did not participate in any of the holiday’s events and preferred to play golf.
Dr. King said “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
President Donald Trump has indeed made our times challenging and controversial.
Congressman Pierce, the people of New Mexico know how to measure a person and now know where you stand when you make excuses for Trump by saying that is how people talk who are from Queen’s, New York.
Our President is a racist and Congress needs to admit it and he needs to go, the sooner the better, either by impeachment or resignation.