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Trump Has Hired A GOP Homeland Security Secretary With A Long History Of Racism

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At this point, it should not be a surprise to anyone that President Donald Trump and the entire Republican party has now descended into unashamed bigotry. Ever since Trump became President of the United States and leader of the free world, he has spent a worrying amount of his time in office stuffing America’s courts full of conservatives who will drag the United States to the political right for years to come. Recent reports are showing how those on the extreme right of the GOP, who now control the entire party and therefore the country as a whole, are continuing this trend on the executive branch.

Recently, we heard of the resignation of Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, who despite being the person who literally put migrant children in cages, decided that the Trump administration was becoming too extreme for her. A group of conservatives have now grouped together to throw their support behind Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for the position by jointly writing a letter to the White House on the matter. The letter reads:

“In this time of national crisis and emergency over national security and immigration, Ken’s background as a no-nonsense law enforcement officer and a major constitutional lawyer, along with his reputation as a fighter, combined with his extensive media experience, including television, make him ideally suited to carry out the duties of the Department of Homeland Security and your immigration agenda.”

There’s just one problem. This man is a raging racist:

Cuccinelli appeared on a conservative radio show in early 2012 to discuss the Occupy Wall Street movement and, in doing so, compared immigrants to rats. Responding to reports that rodents had appeared at the Occupy encampment at McPherson Square in Washington, D.C., Cuccinelli invoked a D.C. city law aimed at protecting wildlife and said incorrectly stated that pest control is prohibited from breaking up rodent families. “[The D.C. wildlife protection policy] is worse than our immigration policy — you can’t break up rat families. Or raccoons or all the rest and you can’t even kill them,” Cuccinelli said. “It’s unbelievable.” For years, Cuccinelli has used the same heavily-coded language frequently invoked by Trump and members of his administration when discussing immigration.

That’s right. All of those senior GOP figures have collectively thrown their weight behind a known racist, and at the time of writing have not apologised or backed down. This is what America has become.


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