The Real Meaning Behind “That Mexican Thing”

By DrVMDS on October 6, 2016

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There were numerous memorable moments in the first and only vice presidential debate. But one phrase stole the show and will live in perpetuity in the annals of political memes -”That Mexican Thing” or the complete version – “Whipping out that Mexican thing again.”

After more than 20 years in politics Democratic vice presidential candidateTim Kaine has surely been accused of many things, but “whipping out that Mexican thing” was not one of them, at least until the vice presidential debate.

Kaine, a U.S. senator from Virginia and former governor, was recounting offensive statements made by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, to which Indiana Gov. Mike Pence responded with the now infamous meme.

The double entendre of “whipping out that Mexican thing” is irresistible and really quite funny. After the silly giggle moment, then there’s the realization that this is a platter of red meat for the base that thinks that Democrats are whiners and obsessed with multi-culti kumbaya fuzziness.

But scratch below the surface and Pence’s remark is a profound statement about the foundational aspect of the Trump-Pence campaign. The GOP presidential campaign is one that has been built upon “otherization” — driving a wedge among people. Continue Reading

MSNBC Live – Trump’s Ms. Universe Comments

By DrVMDS on October 1, 2016

Trump’s War on Women is Really Bad Politics

By DrVMDS on September 30, 2016

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The 2016 Republican War on Women has taken an interesting turn–straight into the gutter. It’s not only wrong, but it’s bad politics.

If there’s one thing women do a lot of—quite a bit more than men, it’s vote.

But in the latest news, it looks like Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is encouraging Americans to watch pornography. In an attempt to discredit former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, he sent tweets at 3 a.m. inviting the public to check out her “sex tape.”

As NBC News reports, ”the purported sex tape” appears to be a reference to reports about suggestive footage from Machado’s time on a Spanish reality television show modeled on ‘Big Brother.’”

Alicia Machado shot into the political limelight at the first presidential debate when Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton noted that Trump (who had purchased the Ms. Universe contest) had referred to the Venezuelan-born beauty queen as “Miss Piggy” “Miss Eating Machine” and “Miss Housekeeping.”

Donald Trump has not denied that he has said it and has not apologized. Instead he has doubled down. He justified his fat-shaming of Machado as a business affair and most recently he seeks to justify his cruel and disrespectful behavior by discrediting Machado and making allegations about a “sex tape.” Continue Reading

University of Rhode Island Honor’s Colloquium – Immigration Keynote

By DrVMDS on September 20, 2016

KUT’s Texas Standard – Election Burnout

By DrVMDS on September 16, 2016

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MSBNC’s The Rachel Maddow Show – Debriefing Trump

By DrVMDS on September 1, 2016

Why Isn’t Trump Slamming Employers who Break Immigration Laws?

By DrVMDS on August 31, 2016

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Varying shades of deportation plans and building a border wall have dominated Trump’s political discourse. He’s firm on building a wall and mushy on what to do with the 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country — especially now that he has to talk about actual plans.

One thing that has been missing from Trump’s immigration back-and-forth has been what to do about the employers who hire undocumented immigrants. Immigrants come to the United States because there are people who want to employ them. If there wasn’t a demand there wouldn’t be much of a supply of immigrants – the Law of Supply and Demand, it’s Economics 101.

As a businessman, Trump should be keenly aware that American business demands attract undocumented labor. In fact, Trump himself has been accused of having undocumented labor on his projects – including his current Washington D.C. hotel. Continue Reading

MSNBC’s Morning Joe: Trump in Mexico

By DrVMDS on August 30, 2016

MSNBC’s Alex Witt: Clinton Lead Commanding with Latinos

By DrVMDS on August 28, 2016

Trump Wants it Both Ways on Immigration

By DrVMDS on August 25, 2016

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Trump pumped up over 5,000 at a rally in Austin, Texas this week by pledging a border wall that Mexico would pay for it, and that there would be a return to lawful immigration (translation — no more executive orders protecting undocumented immigrants). Classic Trump.

But just hours before this rally Trump sang a different tune. At a pre-taped town hall hosted by Fox News’ Sean Hannity,l Trump said he would be open to softening his view on mass deportation, “There certainly can be a softening because we’re not looking to hurt people.”

So what happened to Trump’s call to reinstate President Eisenhower’s Operation Wetback that oversaw a mass deportation of Mexican immigrants? Continue Reading

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