FIGHT TRUMP’S XENO­PHO­BIA AND TRIB­AL­ISM

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - LETTERS -

With US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s visit to the Philip­pines—our coun­try of res­i­dence—we, as Amer­i­can ex­pats, would like to make our voices heard. We are out­raged and deeply con­cerned with the lead­er­ship of our coun­try. On Trump’s watch, cor­rup­tion and racism have spun out of con­trol and we refuse to al­low these things to be nor­mal­ized.

Through his business deal­ings and prop­er­ties abroad such as Trump Tower Manila, our na­tion’s well­be­ing may be deeply com­pro­mised given his ap­par­ent re­luc­tance to off­load his in­ter­ests and hold­ings in ways that will en­sure no con­flict of in­ter­est. Through his re­fusal to make pub­lic his in­come tax re­turns, he has kept theAmer­i­can pub­lic in the dark as to what his mo­tives might be. He has left lit­tle doubt that his pol­icy is not made with our best in­ter­est in mind.

Many of us have mul­ti­eth­nic fam­i­lies that tran­scend bor­ders. We un­der­stand very well that Amer­ica is a richly di­verse coun­try and ben­e­fits pro­foundly from be­ing so. Dur­ing his cam­paign, Trump once re­ferred to the Philip­pines as a ter­ror­ist na­tion and said of its peo­ple: “We’re deal­ing with an­i­mals.” We stand in sol­i­dar­ity with our Filipino fam­ily in Amer­ica and abroad. We defy the racist and sex­ist rhetoric that Trump has dragged into our main­stream di­a­logue. We de­mand that our elected of­fi­cials rep­re­sent ALL Amer­i­cans.

Trump has sought to den­i­grate Special Counsel Robert Mueller in a brazen at­tempt to un­der­mine the le­git­i­macy of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of pos­si­ble Trump cam­paign col­lu­sion with the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment. We call upon our rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Congress to pro­tect the in­sti­tu­tions that de­fend Amer­i­cans from a com­pro­mised and au­thor­i­tar­ian gov­ern­ment. We­fur­ther call upon all our pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tives, at ev­ery level, to fight the xeno­pho­bia and trib­al­ism that are de­signed to di­vide us along eth­nic lines and to dis­tract from in­creas­ing mar­ket cap­ture, in­equal­ity of in­come, and con­cen­tra­tion of wealth and op­por­tu­nity for the ben­e­fit of the se­lected few whom Trump truly rep­re­sents.

We want Trump to know that we defy his mes­sage and his cor­rup­tion by us­ing our sacro­sanct rights as vot­ing Amer­i­cans. We are watch­ing and we will re­sist. JEREMY SLAGLE, LISA PAGKALINAWAN AND DON­ALD GOERTZEN, team­mueller­manila@gmail.com

INQUIRER PHOTO/ ALEXIS CORPUZ

Pro­test­ers burn an ef­figy of US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Taft Av­enue in Manila on Nov. 13. Trump capped off his 12-day, five-na­tion Asia tour that in­cluded Ja­pan, South Korea, China and Viet­nam with his visit to the Philip­pines to at­tend the Asean Sum­mit and other re­lated meet­ings.

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