Donald Trump is a real estate mogul for whom the word “egomaniac” is an understatement. But when America’s narcissist in chief says he also wants to become commander in chief, the country pays attention. And that’s what Trump wanted to have happen. Here is what Trump said in his announcement that he is running to add the presidency to his list of successes:
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. …They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
When challenged on the inaccuracy, outrageousness, and viciousness of his remarks, “The Donald” characteristically doubled down and claimed to be the nation’s only truth-teller, then attacked everyone who dared to challenge him.
Nice of Trump to assume, I thought, that some of the 11 million undocumented immigrants who live such vulnerable lives in this country might be good people. But obviously Trump doesn’t know any of them.
Jesus talks about immigrants when he refers to welcoming “the stranger,” and says that how we treat them is how we treat him (Matthew 25:31-46). But everything about Donald Trump’s life indicates that Jesus is a stranger to him, too. (Parenthetically, could somebody ask why Liberty University, a Christian school, asked this lover of money, luxury, and power — and hardly an exemplar of sexual morality — to deliver a convocation address in 2012? I still can’t understand that.)
In a long and remarkable interview with Trump on Wednesday, NBC’s Katy Tur pointed out some real truths — including that undocumented immigrants in America actually have much lower crime rates that our natural born American citizens. Trump just insulted her, telling the journalist that she was “naïve” and didn’t know what she was talking about.
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