Madness and Method Behind Donald Trump's Obscene Lies About Immigrants

July 6, 2015 | Revolution Newspaper |


Donald Trump kicked off his presidential campaign with a vicious attack on immigrants—saying of Mexicans coming to the United States: “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”

There are three things to say in response:

1. Donald Trump Is a World-Class Liar

Millions and millions of undocumented immigrants live in the shadows of this society, viciously (and criminally) super-exploited in dangerous and unhealthy construction and agriculture, the source of a huge section of the vast wealth of the rulers of the U.S. They care for Americans and clean their homes without protection of minimum wage laws or any rights. Undocumented immigrants are not criminals, they are criminalized.

“Rapists?” Donald Trump has repeatedly stuck to this lie even after a number of reporters pointed out that the article he cites as proof of his claim says nothing about immigrants raping people, but reported that immigrant women are often victims of rape on their way to the United States!

And there is a bigger lie at the bottom of Donald Trump’s attack on immigrants—turning upside down the reality of who is fucking over whom in this world. Bob Avakian speaks to reactionary fools spouting this kind of bullshit in BAsics: 1:14

Now I can just hear these reactionary fools saying, “Well, Bob, answer me this. If this country is so terrible, why do people come here from all over the world? Why are so many people trying to get in, not get out?”...Why? I’ll tell you why. Because you have fucked up the rest of the world even worse than what you have done in this country. You have made it impossible for many people to live in their own countries as part of gaining your riches and power.

2. Trump’s Rant Is a Dangerous Call to Arms to Fascists

Donald Trump’s racist rant is a call to arms—figuratively and damn near literally—to the vicious, violent immigrant-hating forces who “go hunting” for human beings on the Mexican border, and who mobbed and terrorized a bus with undocumented children and their parents seeking asylum in the U.S. in Central California. And there have been eruptions of anti-immigrant terror around the country.

3. A Perfect Example of the Role of Elections in U.S. Society

And there is an object lesson here in the role of the election process under this system. The powers-that-be, through their control of the mass media and ability to define what is a “legitimate” or “serious” issue for debate, use elections to frame how and what people think, and then recycle that as “the will of the people.”

So even as many (but not all!) mass media outlets have been critical of Donald Trump’s comments, they have all blasted them out throughout society, repeated them over and over, defined them as a “popular” view (as defined by their polls), and established this vicious, xenophobic outlook as a legitimate part of political discourse. And in the process, posing the “choice” between Trump’s obscene vicious attacks on the one hand, and maintaining and ratcheting up attacks on immigrants with rhetoric to the “left” of Trump on the other.

That’s not a process any conscious, caring human should look to for any kind of positive change.


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