TX Judge to New Citizens: Trump is President, Deal With It or Get Out
At the Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio, Texas, Federal Magistrate Judge John Primono told immigrants becoming American citizens that if they do not like Trump, then too bad for them.
Primono said: “I can assure you that whether you voted for [Trump] or you did not vote for him, if you are a citizen of the United States, he is your president and he will be your president. And if you do not like that, you need to go to another country.”
The judge claimed that his words were unifying and not meant to be political or divisive; however Primono also commented on the politics of NFL player Colin Kaepernick who has protested the National Anthem by kneeling.
Primono said: “I detest that, because you can protest things that happen in this country; you have every right to. You don’t do that by offending national symbols like the national anthem and the flag of the United States.”
This is just the latest in tensions between immigrants and white nationalist Americans since Donald Trump was elected as president. During his 18 month campaign, Trump called Mexicans rapists, drug dealers and criminals; he called for a ban on Muslims entering the US.
As president elect, Trump has reiterated his campaign promise to deport Hispanic immigrants; beginning with an estimated 2 to 3 million people after he takes office in January.
Racially-charged hate crimes against minorities has escalated since Trump was elected earlier this month. Voters and supporters of Trump have been on a mission to make America white again by spreading fear through intimidation.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has tallied more than 700 hate crimes committed throughout the nation since November 8th. The most offensive scenes have taken place in elementary schools, at a Walmart retail outlet, and even out on the street in pain view of others.
During the campaign there was an uptick of hate crimes by 67%; including acts of intimidation and harassment directed at Muslims, Jewish people, African Americans and the LGBTQ community.
For example, a swastika was spray painted on a playground dedicated to the late Adam Yauch , a member of the Beastie Boys and Jewish.
Hate has no place in Brooklyn, NYC, or America.
Join us on Sunday to stand against hate messages.
11:30, Adam Yauch Park, Brooklyn, NYC pic.twitter.com/DZXcUyZauP
— Beastie Boys (@beastieboys) November 19, 2016
In Fremont, California, Nicki Pancholy’s car was broken into because the thief thought she was a Muslim . Pancholy wears a scarf on her head because she suffers from Lupus, but the vandals mistook her scarf for a hijab and left a note on her car, saying: “Hijab wearing bitch. This is our nation now. Get the fuck out.”
Denver was the scene of anti-LGBTQ community vandalism after a transgender woman’s car was spray painted with the words “Trump” and “die” along with a swastika and other derogatory statements.
The victim said she was “shocked” because “you don’t believe it’s going to happen to you” until it does.
Prior to the vandalism, the victim has the words “Love Trumps Hate” and #NotMyPresident written on her back window.
US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said at a press conference : “These numbers should be deeply sobering for all Americans. We need you to continue to report these incidents to local law enforcement, as well as the Justice Department, so that our career investigators and prosecutors can take action to defend your rights.”