Acting Director of Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli now says the Statue of Liberty poem was talking about “people coming from Europe.” This as he continues to dig the hole deeper.
During an interview on NPR Tuesday morning, Cuccinelli said that poem should be changed to read, “give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet, and who will not become a public charge.”
Cuccinelli was interviewed on CNN’s Outfront with Erin Burnett Tuesday evening and claimed people were twisting his words. Burnett didn’t hold back. She went hard….
“The poem reads ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore, send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!’” Burnett said. “Wretched poor refuse. That’s what the poem says America is supposed to stand for. So what do you think America stands for?”
“Well, of course, that poem was referred back to people coming from Europe, where they had class-based societies. Where people were considered wretched if they weren’t in the right class,” Cuccinelli replied.
In other words, he gave up Donald Trump’s game — going after black and brown immigrants to stop the browning of America. There’s another reason for Trump’s white nationalist policies….to prevent black and brown people from voting.