Yesterday, Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said to NPR “Give me your tired, your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge” – rewriting the famous poem by Emma Lazarus inscribed on the Statue of Liberty to defend his new racist immigration policy.
What was the poem again?
The actual text goes “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”. So yeah, it has nothing to do with the tired ‘pull themselves up by their bootstraps’ Republican BS talking points.
Who is Ken Cuccinelli? and why did he rewrite the poem?
Ken Cuccinelli, a former Virginia AG, is pretty much the archetype Trump admin pick – he is anti-muslim, anti-LGBTQ+ rights, and white supremacist, checking off all the boxes you need to have to be a Trump admin member.
Earlier this week, he announced that he’ll expand the “public charge” (which refers to people who are or likely to be on gov benefits) rule and make it harder for poor immigrants to get their green cards or visas – affecting 100’s of 1000s of immigrants who come to the US legally every year.
In his attempt to defend the thinly-veiled racist policy, dude just chose to be an asshole about it and tried to rewrite a poem with a beautiful message and turn it into a propaganda for his policy.
Covert to overt racism real quick
We just said “thinly-veiled” but that veil vanished real quick. Cuccinelli appeared on CNN later to again defend his bullshit poem remix attempt and said ‘fuck it let me just go full racist’ and said “of course that poem was referring back to people coming from Europe.”
Hmm…so if the immigrants are not of European descent aka White then the poem ain’t for them? That’s pretty fucking openly racist.
Then again, that’s par for the course when it comes to Trump administration.