In an interview recorded for broadcast Friday, President Obama said support for deporting adult illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children violated the “spirit” of Selma, the historic civil rights march whose 50th anniversary Obama will commemorate in Alabama Saturday.
Obama spoke with Sirius XM “Urban View” host Joe Madision:
When you think about the principle that was upheld that day, and in subsequent days, at the Edmund Pettus bridge, it was the promise of an inclusive America . . .
When it comes to immigration, we are a nation of immigrants, and the notion that some young kid who was brought here when they were two or three years old might somehow be deported at the age of 20 or 25 even though they have grown up as an American – that’s not who we are. That’s not true to the spirit of what the march on Selma was about.
If I have to hear Obama opine one more time on “who we are” as Americans, I’m going to break my keyboard over my head. It’s metal, so it will take some time and do some damage. I hope it knocks me insensate, because I can’t take anymore.
One thing Selma was about was ending the divisions that scar this country. By suggesting racist motives on the part of his opponents, Obama, as he has so often done, is dividing us.
It would be bad enough if he was cynically trying to tar his opposition. But what’s going on is actually something worse. He truly believes his opponents are motivated by hatred. And for a president, that is really something unique.
And of course, it justifies in his mind his increasingly arbitrary, unilateral rule. Because why include the views of people animated solely by hatred and racism?
Apparently – I hadn’t realized this – autocracy is who we are as Americans.