If Trump and his Angry Republican Mob Want to Throw them out, we Canadians can let them know they are Always Welcome Here
A Brief Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper
Posted July 16th, 2019 on Niagara At Large
They are young, well-educated, intelligent, progressive minded women – all passionate advocates for universal health care, for access to quality education, for good jobs and living wages, and for protecting our planet for present and future generations – and Donald Trump and his many Republican supporters are treating them like human garbage.
All four are American citizens (three of them born in the United States, and the fourth arrived in the U.S. from Somalia with her family when she was barely 10 years old) and duly elected members of U.S. Congress.
Yet much to the delight of millions of his Republican and Christian Evangelical supporters, Trump has tossed more meat to feed their cruel, hate-filled under belly by tweeting out one of the oldest racist tropes in the white supremacist playbook.
Trump tweeted out that the four U.S. Congresswomen – all women of colour, which is all that it seems to take these days to gin up the once-proud, and now disgraced “Party of Lincoln” – should get out of the United States and “go back” to where they came from because, according to Trump, they “hate” America anyway, apparently because they criticize its dear leader, meaning him.
Senior Republican Senator Lindsey Graham – one of Trump’s most shameless toadies and golf caddies at that den of iniquity called Mar-a-Lago – reverted all the way back to the McCarthyite, Red Scare days of the 1950s in his country, using an always so accommodating Fox News venue to call the Congresswomen “communists” who, as his pal in the White House stressed, must hate their country.
In response to Trump’s ‘go back to where you came from’ tweets, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has arguably been timid to a fault when it comes to the U.S. president’s doings (including those that are potentially damaging to old friends of America like Canada), took the unusual step of saying something at least mildly critical.
“I think Canadians and indeed people around the world know what I think of those particular comments (in Trump’s tweets about the Congresswomen),” said Trudeau when asked about them this July 16th by reporters. “That’s not how we do things in Canada. … A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian.”
Those words alone, as recent history has repeatedly shown, are enough to draw reprisals from the childishly petulant, thin-skinned Trump.
So why not offer the four Congresswomen a more tangible gesture of support. Offer to bestow upon them honorary Canadian citizenships, just as we have in the past with good people from other nations like Nelson Mandela and Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama.
And so what if it upsets Trump.
It is not as if there is much love lost between Trump and Canada anyway.
Trump has already used Canada as a whipping post for his base by defying almost anything that makes sense for jobs and the economy in his own country, and slapping tariffs on imports of Canadian aluminum and steel.
He has also insulted a Canada that, among other things, showed its friendship to his country after the 9/11 terrorist attacks by allowing the lading of dozens of American passenger jets here by last year listing Canada, for reasons known only to him, as a “security threat.”
Bestowing honorary citizenships on the Congresswomen, while purely symbolic and not legally entitling them to the rights and privileges typically held by Canadian citizens, would nevertheless serve as a gesture of support to four neighbours who have been targeted by racism.
It may also serve to further distinguish Canada, in the eyes of the rest of the world, from the reprehensible conduct that all too disturbingly, continues to take place south of the border.
Granting these Congresswomen honorary citizenship would also be a badge of honor for Canada.
To watch the four U.S. Congresswomen at a press conference this June 15th, responding to Trump’s tweet comments, click on the screen below –
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