OPEN LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES - A MATTER OF GRATITUDE AND RESPECT
Boca Raton, Florida
President Donald Trump
The White House
Mr. President, several years ago, I wrote an open letter to President Ronald Reagan on behalf of Haitian expatriates fleeing the murderous Duvalier regime who were seeking refuge in our country but were being deported. A similar situation is occurring today with the presence here under temporary protection status granted by President Obama of some of the victims of the terrible earthquake that killed 300,000, wounded thousands, left more than a million homeless and destroyed the infrastructures of many areas. After that disaster and the non-delivery of most of the international help that was offered, Haiti is far from recovering. To add insult to pain and suffering, you have reportedly qualified Haitians and their nation with a vulgar, blatantly mean expletive. Should you and your Government decide to deport them, Mr. President, they and their nation at least deserve respect and an apology. Many have been the arguments invoked in favor of allowing those few people to remain here - compassion, justice, human rights, protection of lives, family unification, etc. Unfortunately, all that is being defeated in the name of "law and order" and "defense of our borders". I am taking the initiative to write to you, Mr. President, not just as a request for compassion or justice, but also in defense of the honor of my native Haiti, a glorious country whose epopee is the most heroic in History, a nation to whom the whole world and the United-States in particular owe a debt of gratitude.
By Dr. Gérard Alphonse Férère, Professor Emeritus, Saint Joseph's University.
As part of his vulgar and spurious statements against Haiti and her citizens, Donald Trump allegedly declared that "all Haitians have AIDS". Such erroneous statement would illustrate the level of his paroxysmal lack of information about that proud and loving people. Hereafter, a clear historical and scientific discussion of what I call "The truth about the introduction of AIDS from the U.S. to Haiti". It was in 1981 that two occurrences of the disease were formally confirmed in the continental United States, but it is believed that these were not necessarily the first. Soon after, in 1982, a most incorrect and unfortunate decision by the American medical authorities was made, when rushing to judgment, they indiscriminately included all Haitians among their so-called "high risk groups", together with homosexual men and I.V. drug users. In that regard, positions were taken and official statements made in very irresponsible manners by people who should have known better. As a consequence of their ignorance, their lack of sensitivity and their unscientific behavior, a whole nation was stigmatized. And still remains maligned, as proven by Donald Trump's alleged accusation.
In the early morning on June 24, 2016, when Trump arrived in Scotland the referendum result was just announced. He congratulated them for their vote to take their country back and declared that the U.S is the next. He equated 'Brexit' with the upcoming U.S election and said in November 8, we will take America back and re-declare our independence. "Americans will have a chance to vote for trade, immigration and foreign policies that put our citizens first. They will have the chance to reject today's rule by the global elite, and to embrace real change that delivers a government of, by and for the people." However, the problem was Scotland didn't vote to 'Leave' the UK. Scotland voted to stay in the EU by 62% to 38% in the referendum!
The main theme of Donald Trump's campaign, and to his national security strategy is "clamp down on illegal immigration". His hard line on immigration will thus include a vast deportation force to relocate people to the other side of the wall, stretching nearly the length of the southern border, funded by Mexico and to implement this, he said, he would follow the example of the military-style roundups authorized by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954 (known as Operation Wetback) that expelled hundreds of thousands of Mexicans. He believes, this will reduce the population of 11 million immigrants living illegally in the United States.
Donald Trump is well known for his ridiculous and outrageous quotes. A new finding released by Public Policy Polling indicates that Trump is more unpopular than lice and Canadian rock band Nickleback. Love him or hate him, there's no denying that Donald is entertaining. So, for Trump, hurling insults after insults on the campaign trail on both Democrats and Republicans, rival candidates, lawmakers and journalists are nothing new. Nearly 30 years ago, Graydon Carter, the editor of "Vanity Fair" dubbed him a "short-fingered vulgarian". Some of his insulting comments against President Obama include: "Obama is our unlucky President. Everything he touches turns into a mess" and one more.. "Obama looks exhausted and beaten. He was a never made or prepared for the job. Like it or not, he doesn't have it."
One of Donald Trump's insults to Jeb Bush was that Jeb Bush is a person with low energy. In a number of tweets, Trump has mentioned him as "Low energy Jeb Bush". Once at a rally in Burlington, Vermont, back in January 2015, he imitated his fellow Republican GOP candidate as "Hello, I'm Jeb." Then to describe some heights of impossibility, he said, "Let's say, this is impossible to imagine, low energy Jeb Bush becomes president...".John Ellis "Jeb" Bush is an American businessman and politician who served as the 43rd Governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007. He is the second son of former President George H. W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush, and a younger brother of former President George W. Bush. As per Trump's claim, Jeb Bush signed a binding pledge to support the party nominee, and then broke the pledge. However, no such evidence was ever found on record that Bush ever signed such a pledge for him. Trump has a habit to call his opponents by a number of nicknames. He uses them at rallies, in debates and especially on Twitter.
Donald Trump often refers to Marco Rubio, the Junior Senator from Florida as "Little Marco". Last February, while talking to his supporters, Marco Rubio told them (apparently knowing it would bother Trump), "Trump is taller than me; he's like 6 ft 2 inch, which is why I don't understand why his hands are the size of someone who is 5 ft 2 inch." Then he joked, "Have you seen his hands? And you know what they say about men with small hands -- ". You cannot trust them!"
Trump never leaves derogatory remarks unanswered, and his sensitivity to the insult dates back decades. Days later, at a Republican debate, Trump fired back at Rubio, showing his hands to the audience he asked, "Look at those hands. Are those small hands? A losing candidate said I have small hands and asked his supporters about the meaning of small hands. Many years ago, Graydon Carter (the editor of Vanity Fair) once said that to me. But, since then every person I meet they say I have great hands, I have strong hands, my hands are fine and normal."
On May 17, 2016, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, debuted her primetime special 'Megyn Kelly' Presents. The big attraction of the night was her sit-down with the Republican Party nominee, presumptive presidential candidate Donald Trump. We might remember that in last year, on August 6th, Kelly had to respond Trump's personal attack, because Trump felt she unfairly questioned his antagonistic remarks about women. Kelly asked him about his history of calling women "pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals. Later, in his Twitter, Trump called Kelly a "bimbo," "crazy," and a "lightweight," and refused to participate in the next debate since Kelly was to serve as one of the moderators.
In last April Kelly mate privately with Trump and asked for a truce and requested a seat in her primetime special. Kelly is a very popular anchor because she has never shied away from the tough questions. This time she asked Trump about his presidential aspirations, failed marriages, and his alcoholic brother. She also asked him whether he has any regrets over any controversial remarks. Trump said, yes, but he does not want to them discuss here. When finally Kelly asked him about the last feud and calling her 'bimbo', he said "Did I say that?", "Okay, excuse me. That's not the most horrible thing. Over your life, you've been called a lot worse" .The program ended in a formal way, but Kelly did not get the apology she deserved.
Donald Trump in a move to make his campaign seem more inclusive and include everyone in his laid out motto, announced a single theme to sum up his candidacy "Make America Great Again". With that "Again," he has crossed a line in American politics by openly admitting on a campaign platform that 'the sole superpower of the planet Earth, America' is in decline. This slogan was first used by Ronald Reagan during his 1980 presidential campaign.
It was actually created one year before in 1979 when the United States was suffering from a worsening economy, marked by high unemployment and inflation.
Donald Trump said "We are going to get rid of a lot of bad dudes who are here. That I can tell you." He wants to deport every illegal immigrant from the United States. In an earlier occasion, he made it clear that "the United States without any illegal immigrant" is going to be one of his main campaign themes. He has also mentioned that, a mass deportation will relocate people to the other side of a wall, stretching nearly the length of the southern border, funded by Mexico and to implement this, he said, he will follow the example of the military-style roundups authorized by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954 (known as Operation Wetback) that expelled hundreds of thousands of Mexicans. At present, there are approximately 11.3 illegal immigrants in the U.S. Locating and deporting these people would be undoubtedly a huge challenge for the state.
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