This week, President Donald Trump announced that he’d again be targeting a major U.S. ally with a punitive tariff, slapping a five percent tax on all imported goods from Mexico as retribution for the imaginary border security crisis he continues to tout. This Friday, he tried to explain his tariffs decision by angry finger-pointing at Mexican authorities and Democrats on Twitter, offering vastly oversimplified, all-caps messages about the state of North American relations that falsely represent the situation at best.
‘Hard to believe that with the Crisis on the Border, the Dems won’t do the quick and easy fix. Would solve the problem but they want Open Borders, which equals crime!’
No they don’t. Democrats do not, as a rule, “want Open Borders,” no matter how many times Trump touts this outlandish, strangely capitalized line to the wild either real or virtual applause of his most fervent devotees. Democrats want humane treatment for those arriving at the southern U.S. border, because rather than some kind of overwhelming security crisis, there’s a humanitarian one with spiking numbers of asylum seekers and limited U.S. facilities to process their cases. To Trump, handling these cases with a respect for the basic human rights any American would want “equals crime.”
That kind of racist nonsense underlines his decision to impose the new tariffs on Mexico, which he attempted to justify by blaming Mexican authorities for the drug crisis in the U.S., acting as though all they needed to solve their end of it was an extra spring in their step from Trump’s tariffs that in the end, won’t even hurt Mexicans as much as they again will penalize American interests trying to do business with the country.
‘Mexico has taken advantage of the United States for decades. Because of the Dems, our Immigration Laws are BAD. Mexico makes a FORTUNE from the U.S., have for decades, they can easily fix this problem. Time for them to finally do what must be done!’
The United States also makes a “FORTUNE” from Mexico. That’s called… wait for it… trade. Trump isn’t even attempting to tie his assertion that Mexican authorities “can easily fix this problem” of drugs and undocumented immigration to any kind of tangible reality. He’s just flinging racist nonsense into the dark and hoping it sticks.
Check out Twitter’s response below…
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