This past weekend President Trump sent a series of tweets urging four liberal Democratic congresswomen to go back to the "broken and crime infested places from which they came." All four women are non-white (though three were born in the U.S.), so on the left there was righteous indignation about racism and then lukewarm defense or silence on the right.
A friend of mine, who is more politically astute than I am, says this was an obvious Trump ploy to sow division among Democratic lawmakers since the four are already at odds with Speaker Nancy Pelosi. While I would agree with that, I also believe Trump is relaying an unsubtle message to his supporters that he got from a top adviser, Fox TV commentator Tucker Carlson.
Carlson recently ranted about immigration becoming "dangerous to this country," using Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar as an example. So if you don't agree with everything that Carlson and Trump believe, you are an enemy of the nation, no questioning of anything is allowed, and you don't belong here—especially if your skin isn't the right color.
This series of events is particularly relevant to those of us who grew up here in southwestern Pennsylvania. Every one of us, no matter if you're a Democrat or a Republican, is descended from immigrants.
Many of our ancestors — who came from Poland, Slovakia, Ireland, Italy, Africa, and elsewhere — were subjected to contemptuous remarks and worse. "Why don't you go back to where you came from?" was the taunt heard often from their coworkers, bosses, and neighbors. But it was never heard from the president of these United States — until now.