Donald Trump spent his evening inciting violence among people who attended his rally. With all the drama of a religious tent revival preacher, he played to the crowd as they chanted “Send them back.” He ate it up, and his followers ate it up in a perfect symbiosis. He also sounded like another individual who enjoyed bringing his followers to a rabid pitch nearly a century ago. The world is listening, and here is what they have to say.
The president was giving one of his first 2020 campaign rallies in North Carolina where he hoped to draw in more of his far-right voters. It was his only chance of winning in the upcoming presidential election, but POTUS has been playing a dangerous game. Let us not think his actions are innocent of that danger. Trump was doing what he always does — getting someone else to do his dirty work. It only takes one unstable follower to seriously injure one of the women the commander-in-chief has attacked.
On London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan’s Facebook page, he wrote that there were “dozens of British politicians reacted in an open letter to Trump’s attack on The Squad: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).
A UK anti-racism group “HOPE not hate” wrote in its open letter:
‘Donald Trump is a racist — we all know that. Now he’s targeting Congresswomen of colour by telling them to “go home.”…Expressed solidarity with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley, who Trump on Sunday suggested should “go back” to the “crime infested” countries they came from even though all four are US citizens and three were born in the US.’
The letter already has 13,000 people signed on. It continued:
‘We are disgusted by Donald Trump’s attack on you. His blatant, unashamed racism has appalled people around the world.’
Mayor Khan wrote:
‘Dozens of British politicians, including the Labour Party’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and Mayor Sadiq Khan of London, are among those to sign an open letter expressing solidarity with Rep. Ilhan Omar and the three other US congresswomen targeted by President Donald Trump in recent days.’
‘Love and solidarity will always trump hate. These progressive congresswomen, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley, represent hope for the future. Their home is America, but their message crosses borders.’
HOPE not hate is a nonprofit group that was founded in 2004 to “offer a more positive and engaged way of doing anti-fascism. It has become “one of the largest and most successful political action groups in the country:”
‘The British National Party (BNP) was winning substantial votes and local councillors in our northern towns and traditional anti-racism and anti-fascism was failing. HOPE not hate was established to offer a more positive and engaged way of doing anti-fascism. We prioritised working in communities to town centre demonstrations; we engaged and spoke to local people rather than to ourselves; and we realised that the BNP was tapping into a wider mood of alienation and hardship and it was important to address issues of concern to voters.’
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