President Donald Trump, in his first State of The Union address, claimed he wants to unite America, but his speech on Tuesday further divided an already racially-polarized nation.

Trump has shown his disdain for immigrants and people of color during his first year in office and Tuesday Trump was consistently intolerant in his approach to a changing multi-cultural society.

“Really stoking the fires, from my perspective, of bigotry,” said Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.).

The president presented a flawed path forward for immigrants living in the United States and linked all immigrants to gangs and murderers.

His speech was long on rhetoric and short on substance.

“For decades, open borders have allowed drugs and gangs to pour into our most vulnerable communities,” Trump said. “They have allowed millions of low-wage workers to compete for jobs and wages against the poorest Americans. Most tragically, they have caused the loss of many innocent lives.”

“In recent weeks, two terrorist attacks in New York were made possible by the visa lottery and chain migration,” Trump added. “In the age of terrorism, these programs present risks we can no longer afford.”

Trump didn’t spend any substantive time talking about the hard-working immigrants who contribute heavily to America’s growing economy and how ethnic diversity is an integral part of our nation, creating a foundation for cultural understanding.

What was missing from Trump’s speech about “compassion” was actual compassion. He used his national address to double-down on his anti-inclusion message.

“Many of these gang members took advantage of glaring loopholes in our laws to enter the country as unaccompanied alien minors,” Trump said.

Van Jones, a CNN commentator, said Trump was “smearing” immigrants.

“[He’s] a master salesperson, who used all of those stories really well,” Jones said. “He was selling sweet-tasting candy with poison in it.”

“What he said about those young people, he implied — and he did it deliberately — that Dreamers [immigrants] are gang members,” Jones said.

“We’re not supposed to convince the American public of policy because we make them afraid,” said U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA)

According to a CNN poll, Trump received the lowest rating for a State of The Union address since 1998.

“Struggling communities, especially immigrant communities, will also be helped by immigration policies that focus on the best interests of American workers and American families,” Trump said.

Trump failed to mention that he plans to deport 60,000 Haitians living in the United States, many of them families with children. And he said nothing to protect DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Human Rights First’s Jennifer Quigley said Trump’s policies are designed to promote fear.

“President Trump’s State of the Union address was filled with shameless fear-mongering aimed at undermining this nation’s long history of protecting persecuted individuals,” Quigley said in a statement. “Protecting our national security and offering refuge to those fleeing violence are not mutually exclusive—why should the most powerful nation on earth be afraid of the most vulnerable people in the world? “

But not everyone criticized Trump’s speech. Most Republicans were pleased and Trump was immediately praised by David Duke, the former head of the Ku Klux Klan, and other white supremacists.

“Thank you President Trump. Americans are ‘Dreamers’ too,” Duke Tweeted. And Richard Spencer, a white nationalist who is credited with creating the term “alt-right,” also praised Trump in a Tweet that included a photo of a white family.

So much for Trump’s speech about unity.

What do you think?

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  2. These Blacks Wearing The “kente cloth ” Have As Much In Common With The Cattle Herders In Africa, as the Blacks Depending On Social Services Have With The Democrats On Wall Street .

  3. Passing Through!! on said:

    Well said October
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    This is how the Civil Rights Movement hurt black people. I agree with them fighting for EQUAL treatment, EQUAL rights but integrating ourselves with people who live under the delusion that they’re superior to us hurt the black community in some ways. I think we would have been better off had we remained separate and built out own. But that’s what happens when black people allow whites to highjack their movement.

  4. October on said:

    L. This country was divided before he became Prez. My question is why are we, AA’s, trying so hard to be accepted by people who don’t want us? We need to start building our own communities. You can be if the persons of Spanish decent get a leg up on us, we can forget it. They will turn a blind eye to our issues. Hope not but do we need to take that chance? What do you think?

  5. October on said:

    Ok Dems, if you don’t like what he is doing, what do you offer? Sitting on your hands and opposing him does nothing for the America people.

  6. The idiot in cheif said he had the highest ratings ever. Not. Most. ppl watched to see if he was going to get dehydrated. Or they were watching to see if he would lose his dentures. lol

  7. This delusional idiot said he had the highest ratings ever. Stop the maddness. He didn’t. Most ppl tuned in to see if he was going to get dehydrated or lose his dentures. Lol.

  8. The initial divide in this country started becoming prevalent under Obama Administration. It continues now through this administration and it will continue until we as a country are faced with World War III. It wouldn’t matter if Trump falls, hit his head and change, people will not change how they feel about him. It seems like the only President that was able to change their mind on any social issues and continue to be accepted was Obama when his stance on civil unions/ gay marriage changed. God Bless this country. We need it.

  9. Chump and the GOP have polarized this country into separate camps-
    Black vs white*
    Rich vs Poor*
    The POTUS is SUPPOSED to REPRESENT ALL PEOPLE-NOT JUST FOLKS WHO LOOK LIKE
    HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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