Of Racist Endorsements and Racism Against Natural Born U.S. Citizens

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Commentary

by Daniel Nardini

It seems that the whole debate in the Republican Party of what is acceptable and what is not has gone off its logical rocker. In one piece of twisted news, a fringe white supremacist party called the American Freedom Party has sent out robo-calls throughout the State of Iowa for all “white” Americans to support Donald Trump for president. Clearly, this is racist to the core, but yet no one, and least of all Donald Trump himself, has denounced this act of vicious racism. Then again, it seems that racism has become the central issue since no one from any sector of the Trump camp has said they do not want any endorsements from any racist group.

Just as equally twisted are some racist bigots who are calling for Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz to drop out of the race because he is not a “natural born U.S. citizen.” Their logic is based on the fact he was born in Calgary, Canada. Regardless of his politics, he is a natural born U.S. citizen since his mother was American (his father being Cuban). Because of this he was a natural born citizen—it does not matter where he was born. We have private U.S. citizens as well as U.S. citizens working for the U.S. government who have children born and raised in other lands. This does not make them any less natural born Americans.

Why are Republicans trying to eat their own? This whole presidential campaign has gotten unbelievably ugly; from Republicans accusing each other of not being “American” to racists endorsing politically “acceptable” candidates. There is no question that the American Freedom Party is doing this to more likely recruit people into their party and their cause. It is sad that Republicans seem to be just as much into character assassination of their own candidates as they are of their Democrat opponents. All of this in my view will eventually backfire on the Republican Party, and I am sure now that many Republicans on the Republican National Committee are scratching their heads trying to figure out what to do IF Donald Trump gets the nomination for becoming the sole Republican candidate for the presidency.

All I can say is that even though I am more or less neutral in this, the Democratic candidates are beginning to look better and better. Even though I am not exactly a fan of Hilary Clinton, what alternative do I see on the Republican end?! I am sure that millions of Americans are asking the same question. Extremism seems to be dominating the whole of the Republican side, and rational Republican candidates seem to be getting pushed out. I can only hope that there are more than enough Americans who will muster a cooler heads vote come November, and cast a vote against extremism.

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