President Donald Trump has shown his disregard for Latino community time and time again. From calling Mexicans “rapists” and “criminals” to never bothering to learn how to address our community (“the Hispanic Latinos”), Trump has disrespected Latinos for far too long. At a White House event to honor Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Trump’s racism once again showed when he introduced a Latino CBP agent.
“Come here, come here, you’re not nervous,” Trump said. “He speaks perfect English.”
And while this agent is certainly complicit in enacting the United States’ anti-immigration laws, Trump should not be othering him. With this comment, Trump reinforces stereotypes that all Latinos have accents (they don’t) and that having an accent somehow makes someone incapable of speaking eloquently or making well thought-out speeches.
It didn’t take up too much time of the event, but Trump’s words have shaken up the internet, who are calling him out for his casual racism.
Trump again proves how much of a racist he is. He was congratulating a border patrol agent and pointed out that he speaks perfect English. Of course he speaks perfect English he work for the American border patrol agent.
— Juan Rubio Nunez (@JuanRubioNunez) August 20, 2018
If you haven’t cringed today, Donald Trump just introduced a Latino Border Patrol agent by saying, “He speaks perfect English.” pic.twitter.com/Kf3KAfB541
— dylan (@dyllyp) August 20, 2018
If he speaks perfect english he's one up on Trump.
— Freddie_Eff (@Freddie_Eff) August 20, 2018
..and so his brand of racism continues-even with US citizens.
Trump says border agent 'speaks perfect English'https://t.co/3lnzg0A4Sm
— MySedona (@Sedonaaz1) August 20, 2018
And here’s more proof that Trump shouldn’t be judging anyone’s English.
Trump—who earlier in the same ceremony honoring Customs & Border Protection (CBP) introduced a Hispanic American immigration agent by noting that he "speaks perfect English"—continued to refer to the agency as "CBC" despite a teleprompter Trump is reading from spelling out “CBP.” pic.twitter.com/oiATLtB5p0
— Anna Massoglia (@annalecta) August 20, 2018