Donald Trump exploits a father’s grief, over the death of 17-year-old Jas Shaw, in order to further his racist narrative. Trump has released an ad, telling of Shaw’s death at the hands of undocumented immigrant Pedro Espinoza.
The people who adore Donald Trump eat up his racist rhetoric, because they believe undocumented workers are taking their job, and they are.
But the blame lies not with the immigrants, it lies with the companies who break up unions and illegally hire people lured here by those jobs. Trump takes his hate speech further, by saying that Latinos are rapists and murderers, all sentiments echoed in his campaign rallies.
Trump has released his ad to gain a lead in South Carolina, ahead of the February 20 Republican primary. The 30-second ad starts out with the narrator saying:
‘Jas Shaw was a 17-year-old football star who was gunned just outside his home.’
‘His killer? An illegal immigrant gang member who just got out of prison.’
The young man’s father, Jamiel Shaw, endorsed Trump and is traveling with him during the campaign. Shaw is one of the faithful Trump believers. I think that it is horrendous to use a parent’s grief to further one’s own interests, but Shaw said:
‘Trump is the only one saying: ‘You’re going to be dealt with. We’re going to enforce that. We’re going to enforce that. That’s a beautiful thing.’
‘I believe Donald Trump want to make us great again, and he loves America.’
‘A wonderful young man, Jamiel Shaw Jr., whose father has become a friend of mine, was shot in the face for no reason by an illegal immigrant.’
‘He was getting ready to go to college on a football scholarship and his sole fault was walking home to see his father.’
In August, two Boston men beat a homeless Hispanic man in August and cited Trump’s criticism of immigrants as their motivation. In late October, a man grabbed a young Latino man’s shirt, yanked him down, kicked him, and tried to drag him before bystanders intervened. That was inside of a Trump rally!
In December, following Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric, people threw a pig’s head at a Philadelphia mosque, while others assaulted bodega owners. Half a dozen other assaults followed on that day alone.
Trump’s hate speech has no end:
‘Because of the relationship I have established with his father, Jamiel’s death is very personal to me. We must stop illegal immigration.’
Watch Trump’s ad here.
Featured Image: Screengrab from the video.