How About Granting the Four U.S. Congresswomen Honorary Canadian Citizenships?

If Trump and his Angry Republican Mob Want to Throw them out, we Canadians can let them know they are Always Welcome Here

From left to right, U.S. Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ihan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Occasio-Cortez of New York and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. All American citizens. All women of colour. And all told by Trump to get out of America if they don’t like it, and “go back” to where they came from.

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.

Many political analysts in the United States seem to have resigned themselves to the idea that it doesn’t matter what Trump does or says, his supporters will follow him to the gates of hell.

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.

As was the case here at a 2018 G7 Summit, he was never really all that keen on shaking the hand of Canada’s Prime Minister anyway – not with the same eagerness he has shown when shaking the hands of the leaders of Russia, North Korea and Saudi Arabia.

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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One response to “How About Granting the Four U.S. Congresswomen Honorary Canadian Citizenships?

  1. I will never understand how people can claim to be "Christian Evangelicals" while at the same time be so racist and so full of hate. That does not reflect the god that most people believe in.

    Since Trump's mother was born in Scotland, the Isle of Lewis, should he go back there? Poor Scotland!!!!!! He is no further removed from a foreign land than three of these women. Since his current and past wife were immigrants, (the current one working without documentation before her citizenship) should HIS wives "go back to where they came from" and take Trump's spawn with them? He also managed to get Melania's parents into the country….so much for his hatred of and pledge to stop chain immigration. Of course both were essential to the economy….elderly… the father a car salesman and the mother a factory seamstress.

    Furthermore, his grandfather Frederick Christ Drumph (his real name) emigrated from Germany ILLEGALLY because he did not serve his two years of mandatory military service during the Franco Prussian War. When he arrived at Ellis Island he listed his occupation as "none"! How did he get in? Of course he soon found a job. He opened brothels in the NW and later in the Yukon during the Gold Rush, under the guise of a restaurateur. He advertised "rooms for women", a euphemism for prostitution. Illegal then, illegal now. Perhaps this is where Trump should mention his friend Jeffery Epstein, billionaire child molester. He also sold "fresh meat" from the "Dead Horse Trail" where miners worked horses to death and he would collect and sell the carrion. Yum! Donnie's father was charged with housing discrimination (racism). Also, since his projects were public housing, they were basically paid for by the government….welfare for a wealthy developer. He was also arrested in the 20's during a KKK march in NYC. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

    Trump – The Charlottesville NAZI march – Good people.
    – Chanting "Jews will not replace us" at the same march – Now he
    condemns these women as anti Semetic.
    – Central Park five. Execute them. Oops, they were innocent…but
    black.
    – Obama was born in Kenya. When did Kenya annex Hawaii?
    – Calling black athletes SOB's.
    – Why don't we get more immigrants from Norway?
    Those are but a few of his remarks. He also said the "Squad" used "vulgar disgusting words", the very same words Trump used in his rallies. He said mother f***** more than once. He appears unaware of video.
    He said these women criticized the US and don't love it. His entire campaign centered on what a "mess" the US was and that cities were "hell holes". He even called it a third world country! These women didn't come close to that but they must leave because "they don't love America".

    Of course the spineless Republicans almost unanimously stood behind him. Is it so hard to say "racist"? They said the Republicans never disrespected the office of President as the Democrats are doing. Is that why they shouted "You lie" during Obama's State of the Union address or in rallies said he needed to go back to Kenya…and worse? Some blatantly called him a "N***er". When Kelly Ann Conway was asked if the remark was racist she said to the reporter…"What is YOUR ethnicity?" What does that have to do with it? When Mitch McConnell (Mr Turtle) was asked whether he would consider the remark racist because his wife was born in China he said he supported legal immigration? Again what does that have to do with the question? Three years ago Lindsay Graham called him a racist. Now he's done a 180. Why? Power? Re-election by bigoted constituents?

    These women are exactly what Trump and his minions both fear and hate, non white, educated and, god forbid, women with principles. Sorry for the tirade but I'm SO sick of this rampant gutlessness and stupidity. I fear for the US. What's next? Riots? A Civil War? Dictatorship? God bless America. Someone has to.

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