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IGNORE THE CRITICS! Trump, Immigration, Politics & the Truth

One of the great lessons from Trump’s immigration remarks is:  In this escalating culture war, never hand your enemies a loaded rhetorical gun because they will use it to try killing you, and some of those enemies are so-called friends.

Trump never said all immigrants are illegal.  He never said all illegal immigrants are Mexican.  He never said all illegal Mexican immigrants are murderers and rapists.  However, that is how CNN, the Washington Post and NBC and others have characterized his remarks.  Following along right in line with the gross mischaracterizations: Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, Univision, Macy’s, Rick Perry, the Republican National Committee and armies of other critics.  Apparently people from all walks are more concerned about political advantage than truth. 

Meanwhile, according to Rasmussen, 63% of Americans support Trump and his immigration statement, knowing that what he said is substantially true.  He restated his case this last Monday:

“What can be simpler or more accurately stated? The Mexican Government is forcing their most unwanted people into the United States. They are, in many cases, criminals, drug dealers, rapists.”

Does that indicate all illegal Latino immigrants are rapists and murderers?  Of course not, and the 63% understand that, but many who support illegal immigration as a tool to “fundamentally transform” America are glad to misquote Trump and attempt to crucify him in the public mind, demonstrating to the rest of us that Trump is the real deal as he puts the fear of God in our enemies. 

Those of us who have lived with Hispanics all our lives–native born and legal immigrants–know that patriotic, law-abiding Hispanic citizens are as angry about illegal immigration as anyone, often more so, for they resent those crossing over illegally, bringing trouble upon everyone.

Trump is right when he says no other country in the world allows illegal immigration and neither should we, that is, if we care about justice, security, and sovereignty.  Those who join the mob in condemning Trump are not only wrong, they are wrong intentionally, and should be ignored.  

Allan Erickson

Allan Erickson---Christian, husband, father, journalist, businessman, screenwriter, and author of The Cross & the Constitution in the Age of Incoherence, Tate Publishing, 2012.

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