Ideas vs. Identity: “Texas Democrats Decry Trump’s Use Of Barbara Jordan Quote To Back Immigration Policy”


From the Dallas News:

Texas Democrats decry Trump’s use of Barbara Jordan quote to back immigration policy

Jackie Wang, Austin Bureau

AUSTIN — Texas Democrats on Wednesday objected to the President Donald Trump’s use of Barbara Jordan’s words as an attempt to bolster support for his immigration policy.

I like this bronze statue of Barbara Jordan by Bruce Wolfe at the Austin airport. She didn’t normally take a good picture, so this was the best representation of her I found.

We seem to be living in, if not a golden age, at least a bronze age of bronze statues. Nobody pays too much attention to the new ones, but recent ones are all over the place. I rather like them.

Will they tear down Barbara Jordan’s statue to celebrate Amnesty? Or will they just rewrite the history books?

In a written presidential message on the 21st anniversary of Jordan’s death, the White House suggested that Trump’s “America First” approach to immigration jibes with “the spirit” of Jordan’s views on the subject.

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa

The father of Democratic Aztec warrior princess / spokesmodel Xochitl Hinojosa, by the way.

, though, sharply denounced Trump’s suggestion he’s in sync with Jordan on immigration.

… “As a Texan, an American, and a human being, I am insulted that Trump would invoke Barbara Jordan’s name to promote his racist and dangerous immigration agenda,” Hinojosa said. “This trailblazing daughter of Texas was devoted to the Democratic ideals that helped shape the America we live in today. She was a champion for justice. Donald Trump is not worthy of uttering her name.”

Jordan, a celebrated Texan who was born in Houston and died in Austin, was the first African American woman to serve in the Texas Senate and the first woman to represent Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives. …

The White House statement honoring Jordan began by quoting her: “It is both a right and a responsibility of a democratic society to manage immigration so that it serves the national interest.”

“With this simple, common-sense perspective, civil rights icon Barbara Jordan challenged our Nation’s leaders to maximize opportunities for all Americans by adopting an immigration policy that puts American citizens first,” Trump said.

So Barbara Jordan and Trump’s immigration experts were largely in agreement on immigration policy, but that doesn’t matter because Jordan was African-American, so she would have to be on the same team as Conquistador-American Gilberto Hinojosa, who is white but has a mustache in order to look vaguely Latin.

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