Pres. Trump today went back to war against California, the state he seems to love most to hate. As always, the fight is over immigration and the sanctuary city concept, both of which he detests. Cities around the country (not just in California) are defying the federal government’s attempts to criminalize the act of being an immigrant. They are declining to cooperate with ICE, which seeks collaboration with local law enforcement officials in apprehending “illegal” immigrants.
All of this is not news. But today’s tweet was:
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
Some media outlets professed not to know what the obscure term “breeding concept” meant. They knew it smacked of something nasty. But they seemed to need Trump to spell it out to them before they’d acknowledge that he said what he appeared to have said. So I’ll spell it out to ya: the foreign, the illegal, the dirty, the violent, the primitive. The “they.” “Those people” who invade our homes, our country, our jobs, our women. They take because that’s just the way they are. They want something for nothing. And above all, they want to take our way of life away from us.
How will they do that? By “breeding” of course. They outbreed us till there are tons more of them than there are of us. Then they’ll use our precious democratic institutions to take over. Leaving us with nothing.
What other animals breed? Rabbits, of course. This sort of thinking turns human beings into animals…or sex machines. And it transforms sex into a political act.
So in case anyone doesn’t get it: the sanctuary movement IS the “breeding concept.” It is a surreptitious way for those left-wing agitators to give the country away to “them.” By encouraging immigrants to remain, by refusing to criminalize them–we allow them to breed us into oblivion.
This is not a new trope. Trump is echoing anti-immigrant, neo-Nazi ideology quite clearly. Look at the Islamophobic hysteria in Europe over Muslims outbreeding white Christians and turning the continent into “Eurabia.”
The same concept informs the Zionist mania about the “demographic threat” posed by “Arabs.” Except here it’s slightly more subtle. What is under consideration is a threat to the “Jewish nature” of Israel. Under this conception, Israel will somehow be deracinated by not defeating the threat posed by a high “Arab” birth rate. That’s why Israel desperately entices Diaspora Jews to make aliyah, as it has since the days of Ben Gurion.
Martin Kramer once infamously suggested at a conference in Israel that it should cut off aid to Gaza in order to discourage Palestinian mothers from producing “superfluous young men.” Presumably, he meant tightening Israel’s illegal siege of Gaza so that less food and less international aid could ameliorate the suffering of Gazans. Let’s call this what it is: advocacy of slow genocide.
The concept of the untermenschen breeding themselves into domination of the white race is outright, full-blown neo-Nazi thought. It permeated Hitler’s obsession with the master race and the threat posed to it by Jewish “vermin” breeding in filth and decay.
This sort of thinking was very popular among U.S. nativist circles in the early 1900s. It of course fueled the rise the Ku Klux Klan; and you can even see it in the race-consciousness of the character of Tom Buchanan in The Great Gatsby. Keep in mind another “character” who advocated such claptrap during this era: none other than Trump’s father, Fred, who was arrested at a Ku Klux Klan rally in Queens in 1927.
Just when you thought Donald Trump couldn’t go any lower…