Al Taubenberger OpEd: Why aren’t local GOP pols dumping on The Donald?
I AM REPULSED by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s outrageous, jingoistic stance on immigration, and am saddened that not one of my fellow Republican elected officials or candidates for office here in Philadelphia have denounced Trump’s hate speech. To demean Mexican immigrants as no more than “drug dealers, murderers and rapists,” as Trump did, serves only to further divide us and is a betrayal of the principles that this melting pot called America was founded upon.
The opening line of the inscription on the Statue of Liberty reads “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Virtually all U.S. citizens trace their ancestry to a foreign country. My parents emigrated here from Germany in search of a better life. And they found it, thanks in part to enlightened political leaders of the time who understood that a diverse citizenry was a strength, not a weakness. Philadelphia, with our many wonderful ethnic traditions, is a shining example of the benefits of a diverse citizenry.
Rather than building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, as Trump advocates, perhaps he should consider building a wall around his mouth.
Republican Nominee for
City Council Philadelphia
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