Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, suggests that Poem on Statue of Liberty only applies to Europeans.

By |2019-08-14T08:59:50-08:00August 14th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |19 Comments

Courtesy of Think Progress:

Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) was roundly criticized for comments he made Tuesday on NPR suggesting that the Statue of Liberty’s poem was only meant to welcome immigrants “who can stand on their own two feet.”

Tuesday evening, he doubled down by suggesting the poem only applied to “people coming from Europe, where they had class-based societies.”

CNN host Erin Burnett was grilling Cuccinelli about his earlier remarks, noting that the Emma Lazarus poem The New Colossus, written in 1883 and inscribed on the Statue of Liberty in 1903, specifically describes people who have nothing.

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” the poem excerpt reads, “the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

It does not refer to people who can “stand on their own two feet,” as Cuccinelli had said earlier in the day.

Burnett asked Cuccinelli what he believed America stood for. Cuccinelli responded that the poem only referred to class-based societies in Europe, “where people were considered ‘wretched’ if they weren’t in the right class.”

Well so much for racist dog whistles.

That is a fucking racist megaphone right there. 

Today’s racism is loud and proud. 

No more skulking in the shadows for white supremacists.

There is a new sheriff in town and he hates the darkies and wetbacks just as much as they do. 


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  1. puck August 14, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    how does he know where he came from. my grandfather came from Russia via Brazil. am i European??? i have natural blond hair and blue eyes. does that help?

  2. Anonymous August 14, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Andy Borowitz
    13 hrs ago

    Trump Writes New Poem For Statue of Liberty:

    Roses Are Red
    Violets Are Blue
    If You’re Not White
    To Hell With You

  3. Anonymously August 14, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Worth listening to

    ‘Sweating like a pig’: Scaramucci escalates Trump fight nailing president for ‘going off the rails’ and a ‘nervous wreck’

    ….“But it’s demagoguery and, okay he is a proven demagogue and obviously going off the rails now,” Scaramucci continued. “He is a totally unstable, nervous wreck. Last night, sweating like a pig. Let’s just call it for what it is.”

    Watch the smackdown below:

    • Nonne Mouse August 14, 2019 at 7:59 pm

      I watched him on Bill Maher last Friday, and here’s my problem. Not only with him, but with all of them. Oh YEAH, you were all for them, did everything in your power for them until they turned on you, and NOW you whine. Sorry….the only thing thing he truly laughed at the joke about getting his nether sucked, as in, “been there!” The Mooch.

    • Beaglemom August 15, 2019 at 4:12 am

      I seem to remember that Scaramucci had nothing but praise for Don the Con during his oh so very brief stint as one of the White House’s Department of Liars some months back. Even last Friday on The Bill Maher Show, Scaramucci was insisting that he and Don the Con were the greatest of friends and that, deep down, the disaster in the White House is a good guy. Scaramucci must have realized that the media will pay more attention to him when he’s not fawning over his former boss.

  4. Anonymously August 14, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    ‘My God, what has Mitch McConnell done?’ Maddow calls out #MoscowMitch for refusing to stand up to Russia

    …..The self-described nerd explained that she was supposed to have a beach vacation, but tore a ligament in her ankle and ended up spending her vacation reading a Pentagon white paper instead.

    She read aloud a piece of the report which revealed that the U.S. “lacks the capacity to resist and respond effectively to Russian aggression.”

    • Anonymously August 14, 2019 at 7:12 pm

      Rachel Maddow explained how Mitch McConnell has allowed Russia to gain an economic foothold in the US so that they can influence US politics from within.

      • #MoscowMitch August 15, 2019 at 6:48 am

        McCONnell did this to cement the relationship between Ru$$ia and the Republican Party. Republicans can now claim that Ru$$ian business interests, like the one in Kentucky, can’t be sanctioned, because if they are, it will hurt American jobs – Moscow Mitch has gone beyond leaving the backdoor unlocked for Ru$$ia to interfere in US elections. He has rolled out the RED carpet and given Putin a seat at the political table by inviting Ru$$ia in through the front door of the US economy. McCONnell’s actions are nothing less than economic treason.

  5. Anonymously August 14, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Thin ice

    Robert Reich said that the odds of a recession are now over 50% and that Donald Trump is skating on very thin ice.

    Former Labor Secretary Reich said on MSNBC’s The Beat with Ari Melber, “I think the economy really is the central issue right now. Everybody knows about Donald Trump’s racism. Everybody has witnessed his xenophobia and nativism. The real new issue is the economy is very, very fragile. It’s not just the stock market. We noted that nothing trickled down. That trickle-down tax cut was a huge — it was a huge mistake, it was a know able mistake. He knew exactly what he was doing but a mistake in the sense that the American public as we saw in the 2018 election actually began to understand that there was no trickle down. It only trickled up. And this kind of skepticism about Trumpanomics is going to be very, very soon widespread. He’s the only president since the Second World War never to have favorabilities above 50%. That never has there been more than half of the public who can have liked the job he’s doing and now he is, I think skating on very, very thin ice. Nobody wants a recession. I think the chances of recession are now over 50%.”


  6. Anonymously August 14, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    12 Black Elected Officials In Charlotte Receive Trump Inspired Racist Letters

    …..The letter to Leake invoked the name of President Donald Trump, said blacks need to “assimilate” to Charlotte and the United States and blamed “twisted media” for problems.

    “Nothing good will come to you if you don’t change,” the letter to Leake and other commissioners stated. “You need to go back to where you came from … Your freedom was born on the backs of great Americans, white Americans, who fought for you, so get over it. Assimilate.

    “One of these days, someone … will round you up. All of you. And send you screaming to the concentration camps where you belong … Be very careful.”


  7. Anonymous August 14, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Well they better deport trump, his grandfather, the whore house owner couldn’t stand on his two feet, he had to exploit women to “earn” a living.

  8. Anonymously August 14, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    Utter theft

    Trump and the GOP have already pushed for major cuts to food stamps, children’s health care, and school lunches.

    Senate Republicans aren’t willing to give up on Trump’s border wall, and now they are aiming to divert funding from vital domestic programs — that millions of Americans depend on — to pay for it.

    Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) has written a 2020 fiscal year spending bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education “that is about $5 billion lower than it would have been to provide funding for the wall,” Roll Call reported.

    It appears the congressional Republicans agree with the Trump administration that Mexico isn’t going to pay for the wall and that taxpayers will have to foot the bill. However, any spending bill would still need to be passed by the Democrat-controlled House, setting up a spending battle between the two parties.

  9. Anonymously August 14, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    This makes me so sad.

    Hatred For The Endangered Species Act Runs Deep At Trump’s Interior Department

    Agency officials have slammed the 1973 law as “a sword to tear down the American economy” and likened species listings to “incoming Scud missiles.”

  10. Anonymous August 14, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    The “fake media” had better wake up and start reporting. REAL reporting.

  11. Anonymously August 14, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    Just like I suspected, they had him killed. Don’t know WHO did, but he did NOT hang himself on his own.

    Jeffrey Epstein’s neck was broken in multiple places: updated autopsy finds

    “Among the bones broken in Epstein’s neck was the hyoid bone, which in men is near the Adam’s apple. Such breaks can occur in those who hang themselves, particularly if they are older, according to forensics experts and studies on the subject. But they are more common in victims of homicide by strangulation, the experts said.”

  12. Anonymous August 14, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    You do realize that your narrow tubed vision of the world as you see it cannot possibly hold all of the complexity of humanity yes? No. Probably not.

  13. anonymous August 16, 2019 at 8:48 am

    “Blinded by the Light”
    Acclaimed director Gurinder Chadha teamed up with journalist Sarfraz Manzoor to tell a deeply personal story. Their film “Blinded by the Light” is based on Manzoor’s memoir, following a young Pakistani-British teenager in 1980s London as he finds unlikely salvation in the music of Bruce Springsteen.

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