On Monday, U.S. Congressman Filemon Vela (D-Texas) published an open letter to the presumptive Republican Party nominee for president Donald Trump. The letter, which appeared in the Brownsville Herald, has gone viral for its frank language. Namely, Vela ended his letter by telling Trump to “take your border wall and shove it up your a**.”
The letter was inspired by his latest anti-Mexican rhetoric, which centers on a Mexican-American judge who is presiding over a Trump University civil court case. Like all spineless bullies, Trump’s solution is to try and disparage the judge, who recently unsealed school documents, by saying he should recuse himself because he’s “a Mexican,” not Mexican American, even though the judge was born in East Chicago.
“You have now descended to a new low in your racist attack of an American jurist, U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel, by calling him a ‘Mexican’ simply because he ruled against you in a case in which you are being accused of fraud, among other accusations,” Vela wrote.
I am hesitant to encourage the loss of decorum that has besieged our presidential race in the last year and more broadly our Congress in the last decade, but in these troubling times, I must consider first what my colleague Alex Alvarez of mitú said the other day on Twitter: “The only people looking out for latinx are other latinx.” The truth is that Trump should have been dismissed as a legitimate candidate right out of the gate when he openly displayed racist attitudes toward Mexicans in his campaign kick-off speech, calling the group “rapists,” and “drug dealers” who “bring crime.” There should have been no second appearance on legitimate news channels after that, but there was. Oh how there was. The broadcast media has made a killing on ratings in the past year thanks to this racist troglodyte and, in doing so, they have sold their souls. The resulting blood is on their hands as much as anybody’s.
Latinos are sick of listening to white people discuss on television and radio whether Trump poses any real threat to Americans. That’s not something on which people of color can afford to deliberate. For us, the disadvantage of being a minority is already a reality. The statistics show in no uncertain terms that people of color receive substandard education, substandard opportunities at advancement through institutionalized redlining, and substandard healthcare. Now we have a pendejo in a red cap saying, “what no one else has the guts to say,” as his fans so proudly declare. Mexicans are rapists, he says. Mexicans are drug dealers. And now, Mexicans can’t be trusted to serve in a court of law.
Last year, I wrote about two men who, on their way home from a Boston Red Sox game, urinated on a sleeping homeless man before beating him with a pipe and later invoked the name of Trump.
"Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported," Scott Leader, 38, told the arresting police officer.
So I understand why Congressman Vela felt he had to get the nation’s attention, and I applaud him for having the courage to put it in writing.
“I would like to end this letter in a more diplomatic fashion,” he wrote. “But I think that you, of all people, understand why I cannot. Mr. Trump, you’re a racist and you can take your border wall and shove it up your a**.”