President Trump referred to illegal alien gang members as “animals” during a roundtable on immigration at the White House today, and the insult inspired a round of outrage on social media.
Trump’s detractors took the comments to apply to all illegal immigrants, even though the context appeared to be in respect to illegal alien gang members.
Trump referring to human beings as "animals" is the same dehumanization tactic used by slave traders and slave owners to justify the oppression of black people for hundreds of years.
Calling people animals is sinful.
The President of the United States calling immigrants animals.
Donald Trump’s on-going efforts to dehumanize different groups of people, including immigrants, is unChristian and sinful. Such rhetoric – calling God’s children ”animals” – is sickening. All good people of faith must denounce this. https://t.co/jWq766kb0O
— Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie (@RevChuckCurrie) May 16, 2018
I think this is the kind of language MLK was referring when he coined the term “the thing-ification of the negro,” only here it’s aimed at immigrants. https://t.co/mxTyNox08D
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) May 16, 2018
Trump referring to human beings as "animals" is the same dehumanization tactic used by slave traders and slave owners to justify the oppression of black people for hundreds of years. https://t.co/6LY6XJwFH4
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) May 16, 2018
I was in Berlin earlier this month and visited a lot of Nazi memorials and read/saw videos of many Nazi speeches and statements where they dehumanized Jews, Gays, “degenerates” etc to sway public opinion and justify locking them up & murdering them.
In related news: https://t.co/MbYNRuR3Xb
— Sean Bonner Ⓥ (@seanbonner) May 16, 2018
Calling people animals is sinful. Every human being has infinite dignity. Moreover, this is the same kind of language that led to the extermination of Jews ("vermin") in Germany and of Tutsi ("cockroaches") in Rwanda. This kind of language cannot be normalized. It is a grave sin. https://t.co/5VvURONwvh
— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) May 16, 2018
Let’s just say it: this is the way Nazi Germans talked about targeted minorities. https://t.co/Q0xRuFVKm7
— Norm Eisen (@NormEisen) May 16, 2018
The Nazis said the same thing about my father's family before they were put in camps, many killed. They said this to dehumanize people and make their torture and mistreatment seem acceptable. It is not. All people are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights. https://t.co/ZCyA91sB8U
— Jon B. "Globalist" Wolfsthal (@JBWolfsthal) May 16, 2018