Long before the GOP convention in Cleveland, the U.S. presidential campaign had turned bizarre.
Late in 2015, Rev. Al Sharpton declared that “people from Puerto Rico would all have to go back, if their parents were undocumented.” In other words, Sharpton thought that Puerto Ricans are not inherently U.S. citizens. Luckily for Sharpton, he quickly withdrew his comments.
Then in New York City, while speaking to a group of investment bankers and hedge fund owners, Donald Trump allegedly declared that if elected, he would revoke the U.S. citizenship of all Puerto Ricans because they are “not part of the American race.”
Donald Trump to Puerto Ricans: You’re Fired!
The speech was reported in multiple news sites, but others doubted their accuracy. In fact, the news sources are questionable…suggestive of a hoax.
Here are five more reports of Donald Trump’s speech:
The reports were also picked up in this Univision Forum:
Latino Rebels stated that the speech did not occur:
Overall, the news sources are questionable.
If the sources are accurate, then Trump is saying that Puerto Ricans can be drafted to die in America’s wars. They can sew dresses in the garment district for 50 years, for less than minimum wage. They can pay 20% to 50% more for U.S. products, that are shoved down their throat on the island.
They can pay a $72 billion “public debt” to U.S. bankers.
They can cook, wash dishes, and clean Trump’s hotels.
They can die in Orlando.
But when it comes to “all men are created equal,” Puerto Ricans can forget about it. That part of the Declaration of Independence was not meant for us.
THE MOST DISTURBING THING
But what is most disturbing about this…is not Donald Trump.
The most alarming fact, is that Trump has received strong — and passionate — support from the American public. Newsweek reported that Trump’s numbers swelled from 24 percent to 32 percent: immediately after his comments, whether true or not, were reported.
And now, Donald Trump is the GOP nominee for president of the US.
All of this leads to one question…what kind of country, what kind of world are we living in? After 118 years of “American dreams” and “American democracy,” after a century of sweating and saving and believing in a better tomorrow…
Is this what many Americans still think of us?
Donald Trump will never be president of the United States. But he is rapidly becoming our national therapist…a deep mirror into the American psyche…where angels and demons and hidden resentments, have been festering for many years.
It is a cynical and dangerous process.
Not even Trump himself, is aware of the fire that he is playing with.
Or how deeply it will burn.
For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…
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