“Those of us who are Jewish—and who learned about the Warsaw Ghetto at such a young age [that] it was before we’d learned about any other embattled majority-minority neighborhood—know *exactly* what Trump meant when he complained about immigrants ‘breeding.'” ~ Seth Abramson
Trump is spending the week at his Mar-a-Lago retreat in Palm Beach, Florida.
Vanity Fair reported earlier this week that Trump’s advisers are worried about his mental health, fearing that “five days in Florida will give the president too much television time, alone with his thoughts and his Twitter.”
According to Vanity Fair, the administration hopes that the trip will serve as a respite from Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation as well as controversy surrounding his private attorney Michael Cohen.
Privately, however, White House advisers are worried that five days in Florida will give Trump too much time to brood over Mueller, Russia, and the swirl of scandals now involving Cohen. “Someone should say a prayer for Sarah [Huckabee Sanders], Mercy [Schlapp], and Raj [Shah] because rest assured, Mar-a-Lago is the last place they want the president spending his time this week,” one person close to the White House told Politico. “They have a lot of clean-up duty ahead of them.”
If Trumps’ behavior on Tuesday is any indication, those concerns are more than justified – and in all likelihood things are going to get a lot crazier before the week is out.
On Tuesday, Liberals Unite counted a total of 29 posts by Trump on his Twitter account to include 14 tweets and more than a dozen retweets. While it is unknown whether this was a record for Trump, he has averaged 10 tweets per day this year, according to data compiled by Twitter Counter.
He was at it again on Wednesday, albeit a bit more sedate than on Tuesday, but one tweet in particular stood out.
“There is a Revolution going on in California. Soooo many Sanctuary areas want OUT of this ridiculous, crime infested & breeding concept. Jerry Brown is trying to back out of the National Guard at the Border, but the people of the State are not happy. Want Security & Safety NOW!”
There is a Revolution going on in California. Soooo many Sanctuary areas want OUT of this ridiculous, crime infested & breeding concept. Jerry Brown is trying to back out of the National Guard at the Border, but the people of the State are not happy. Want Security & Safety NOW!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2018
CNN published an article late Wednesday discussing Trump’s use of the term “breeding concept,” reporting:
What exactly does he mean by “breeding concept?” It appears to be a new addition to his rhetoric on immigration. He doesn’t appear to have used it before on Twitter or in recent public remarks on sanctuary cities….
A simple Google search doesn’t uncover any specific mention of a “breeding concept” with regard to sanctuary cities in the conservative media, so it’s a little unclear what he’s referring to.
Taken literally, the most likely explanation is that he’s talking about sanctuary cities as places where undocumented immigrants breed.
If that’s right, there’s a racial undertone in the comment [that] should slap you in the face.
Continuing, CNN reported that:
Fear of immigrants from certain countries “breeding” has been a staple of nativist thought for hundreds of years. The “breeding” fear has been affixed to Jews from Eastern Europe, Catholics from Ireland and Italy, Chinese and, now, Latinos, Filipinos, Africans and Haitians. This is dog-whistle politics at its worst.
“Breeding” as a concept has an animalistic connotation. Dogs and horses are bred. So his use of it is, at best, dehumanizing to the immigrants he appears to be referring to.
Former criminal investigator and criminal defense attorney, Seth Abramson, weighed in, tweeting:
Those of us who are Jewish—and who learned about the Warsaw Ghetto at such a young age [that] it was before we’d learned about any other embattled majority-minority neighborhood—know *exactly* what Trump meant when he complained about immigrants “breeding.”
And just to be clear, CNN also reported that: “The tweet has not been deleted at the time of this writing, so he means for those words to remain out there. In other words, it’s not likely to be at typo. He has been known to correct those in the past.”