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Trump Tweets About ‘Infested’, ‘Breeding’ Sites A Day Before 75th Anniv. Of Warsaw Ghetto Uprising


Trump Tweets About ‘Infested’, ‘Breeding’ Sites A Day Before 75th Anniv. Of Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

President Trump on Wednesday called California’s sanctuary laws a “ridiculous, crime infested & breeding concept,” a day before the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

“There is a Revolution going on in California. Soooo many Sanctuary areas want OUT of this ridiculous, crime infested & breeding concept,” the president tweeted. “Jerry Brown is trying to back out of the National Guard at the Border, but the people of the State are not happy. Want Security & Safety NOW!”

Many have noted that “breeding” is a racist term, therefore questioning Trump’s motives.

CNN added:

Fear of immigrants from certain countries “breeding” has been a staple of nativist thought for hundreds of years. The “breeding” fear has been affixed to Jews from Eastern Europe, Catholics from Ireland and Italy, Chinese and, now, Latinos, Filipinos, Africans and Haitians. This is dog-whistle politics at its worst.

“Breeding” as a concept has an animalistic connotation. Dogs and horses are bred. So his use of it is, at best, dehumanizing to the immigrants he appears to be referring to.

Seth Abramson, an Assistant Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester, responded to Trump’s tweet, saying that’s “exactly how Germans saw Warsaw.”

Abramson added that this comes the same week that the head of Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, Nigel Oakes, said Trump’s rhetoric is powerful because it intentionally mirrors Hitler’s, saying this is “a terrifying moment in U.S. history.”

“It’s the things that resonate—some of those to attack the other group and know that you’re going to lose them is going to reinforce and resonate your group. […] Of course, Hitler attacked the Jews. He didn’t have a problem with the Jews at all, but the people didn’t like the Jews… so he just leveraged an artificial enemy. Well, that’s exactly what Trump did. He leveraged a Muslim,” Oakes said.

“ISIS is real, but how big a threat is ISIS really to America? Really, I mean, we are still talking about 9/11—well, 9/11 is a long time ago,” he added.


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