Cuccinelli: That statue of liberty poem was about “people coming from Europe.” pic.twitter.com/nrDcUGJsU3
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) August 13, 2019
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.