Being outspoken is probably one of the core tenants of Public Enemy’s Chuck D and his ethos, so it’s little surprise that he had something to say about Donald Trump’s threats to try and close the southern border to migrants and asylum-seekers in a tweeted message to his followers and also those who became or would become American citizen on birth place grounds. Atlanta Black Star has more on the story.
“This is the devil anyway you frame it,” wrote the rapper. “He is the king devil. If you voted for him you wear that badge too.” Of course, expressing your opinion on Twitter opens you up to Twitter discourse, with some using humor to talk about the reasoning while others took it more seriously.
“If the country has 7000 plus unapproved and unidentified people about to invade, it is a matter of public safety that the border is closed until the government can restore order and find a solution,” tweeted one Trump supporter. “If they can just walk in, what makes you think our enemies won’t do the same?”
“What enemies?” someone replied. “Enlighten me. Who are the enemies who will just walk across the borders?” The initial tweets reference the president’s own tweets last year, directed towards a group of migrants heading from Central America to try and apply for citizenship.
“To those in the Caravan, turnaround, we are not letting people into the United States illegally,” he tweeted. “Go back to your country and if you want, apply for citizenship like millions of others are doing.”
“I am pretty sure Mr. President, if you know the constitution, you cannot apply for the United States citizenship outside the U.S.,” someone wrote back. “I think you meant they need to apply for visas maybe? And the last time I checked, asylum seeking wasn’t illegal. You should know this, man.” Chances are that there won’t be a pleasant resolution anytime soon for this question, or anything else political lately, for that matter.