The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan has given Trump and his entourage of political puppets a chance to expose their agendas of racism and anti-democracy. Led by the most anti-American former president in US history, the Republican Party is against the Biden administration allowing Afghan refugees to immigrate to the United States. Americans and Mexican Americans.
“Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses that yearn to breathe freely” are the words of welcome inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty. Yet non-white haters are speaking out in protest at the possibility of the United States welcoming Afghan refugees seeking to flee the Taliban regime. Fox News performance journalist Tucker Carlson has started his hate speech campaign against Afghan refugees. He was quoted on Yahoo.com as saying, “bring Afghans refugees to the United States would be an “invasion”, despite the fact that many flee from being persecuted by the Taliban for working with US and NATO forces. ” In an attempt to stoke fear in Fox viewers, he said that “over the next decade, that number may rise to millions. So first we invade and then we are invaded. “
Trump’s racist policies and rhetoric allowed the underlying racism inherent in the right-wing Republican Party, the right-wing media, and the Republican electorate to emerge and be legitimized. Afghans are the latest group targeted by Trump’s media and his political sycophants. His legacy of racism that induces violence towards minorities includes;
Racist rhetoric against Asian Americans
- Referring to COVID-19 as the “kung flu”
- Spread the “lab theory” accusing China of intentionally creating and spreading the virus
- When asked how he felt about the 145% increase in hate crime violence against Asian Americans, he said: “I don’t know. All I know is that Asian Americans in “our” country seem to be doing fantastically well. “
- His constant rhetoric against the China pandemic at his MAGA rallies inciting backlash from his supporters
Racist rhetoric against Hispanics
- Called Mexicans “rapists” and “drug traffickers”
- He called the countries of South and Central America, “shitholes”
- He referred to the migration of asylum seekers from Central America as a “caravan of terrorists.”
- He reformed Curiel, a Hispanic judge, accusing him of racial bias.
Racist rhetoric against black Americans
- At a rally, a black supporter called him “my African American
- Used violence-inducing rhetoric toward Black Lives Matter protesters
- Threatened with military force against peaceful BLM protests
- Vicious attacks on quarterback Colin Kaepernik and other black NFL players for kneeling during the National Anthem in protest of police violence against American black men
- He referred to his impeachment ass as a “lynching”
- Law enforcement support is strongest when advocating excessive use of force against detained black men
Now the target of hatred and neglect is Afghans, who fought hard alongside American soldiers to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a haven for terrorists. Unfortunately, the Taliban were always going to resume their occupation of the country once we ceased the military presence there. President Biden knew that would happen, but he expected the US-trained Afghan military to fight for his freedoms. He supports the Afghan government, not the Afghan people, for surrendering without fighting the Taliban takeover.
The withdrawal of our troops from Afghanistan has broad support from the American people. The $ 1 trillion investment and 20 years of military presence have helped improve the quality of life for Afghan women and girls. More women have graduated from college and have careers that were not available before the American presence there. The Afghan army is 300,000 strong and has been trained and armed by the US military to defend their government. More importantly, the US military presence there has kept the United States safe from terrorist attacks since 9/11.
Biden has made clear that the United States never promised to maintain a military presence in Afghanistan indefinitely. He has been calling for an end to the war for many years before becoming president. However, he expresses great admiration for the strength of the Afghan people and is committed to continuing to support them in their struggle to navigate their lives under the rule of the Taliban.