To the surprise of absolutely no one, not a single sentence he uttered is actually true.

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Yesterday, at a campaign-style rally in Youngstown, Ohio, the sitting president delivered an anti-American speech of outstanding proportions; something all-too common in his repertoire of his race-baiting rhetoric.

Praising deportation efforts against hard-working predominantly Latino families, the president likened deportees to “animals” who “poison” communities with “drugs and prey on innocent young people.”

“One by one, we are finding the illegal gang members, drug dealers, thieves, robbers, criminals, and killers,” Trump lied, “[a]nd we are sending them the hell back home where they came from. And once they are gone, we will never let them back in, believe me.

“The predators and criminal aliens who poison our communities with drugs and prey on innocent young people — these beautiful, beautiful, innocent young people — will find no safe haven anywhere in our country,” he continued. “And you’ve seen the stories about some of these animals. They don’t want to use guns, because it’s too fast and it’s not painful enough. So they’ll take a young, beautiful girl, 16, 15, and others, and they slice them and dice them with a knife, because they want them to go through excruciating pain before they die. And these are the animals that we’ve been protecting for so long. Well, they’re not being protected any longer, folks.”

Fear of the “other”

To the surprise of absolutely no one, not a single sentence he uttered is actually true.

Firstly, the vast majority of the deportations have actually been of law-abiding immigrant parents of U.S. citizen children who have for years been living, working and economically-contributing just as much as the next citizen.

Second, actual statistical data shows that “immigrants commit far less and are far less likely to commit crime than native born Americans” and that there is in fact “no link between immigration and crime.” To the contrary, recent data shows that “immigrants may actually cause crime to decline in the areas where they live.”

This kind of “anti-other” fear mongering against immigrants – illegal or otherwise – is exactly the kind of pro-white nationalism that put Trump in power in the first place. The president’s dehumanization of specific ethnicities – hard working, responsible, would-be Americans – is a deep-ditch effort to retain his hold over the American voters who have been convinced that “the other” is to blame.

His method is so simple and stupid, it’s damn near foolproof; convince voters that these so-called “animals” deserve nothing less than the treatment they get, and people will forget that they are actual human beings.

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Native to Phoenix, Arizona, Bernard is an active LGBTQ rights activist, writer and documentarian currently living in San Diego, CA. As an educated theologian, his work often examines the social impact of religion and politics both in America and abroad.