“What is Mandarin? You mean Asian-Americans. You’re calling people Mandarins. It’s called Asian-Americans, Ann. Asian-Americans, not Mandarin,” protested a pearl-clutching Joy-Ann Reid of MSNBC, deriding Ann Coulter for the sin of describing Mandarin-speaking Americans with Chinese backgrounds as “Mandarin Chinese.”
“It’s throwback language. It’s not 1913. They’re called Asian-Americans, not Mandarins,” cried Reid.
“If your default in discussing Asian-Americans is to call people Mandarins; we’re not bringing back arcane language here, Ann. Let’s just talk about people as Americans - Asian-Americans. That’s the term. But that is what they call them.”
“No you’re not gonna police my language. They are Mandarin, and [their pro-Trump signs were] written in Mandarin,” responded Coulter.
“Working class white voters” supporting Donald Trump, said Reid, were animated by racial resentment towards black people like herself and Hispanic minorities. “Demographic panic” and a perception of “ethnic war,” added Reid, drove these white supporters of Trump to view themselves as “more legitimately American” than non-white Americans.
“This is old America versus new America,” said Reid. White “working class” supporters of Trump, said Reid, “view people of Hispanic heritage as being illegitimately in the country.”
“This is their issue. This is the fundamental issue that animates support for Donald Trump, this idea that we’re taking this country from them,” said Reid.
Pushing the dual falsehoods of current “net migration” from Mexico being “zero” and of President Barack Obama’s “very aggressive” deportation efforts of foreigners illegally residing in America, Reid implied that grassroots Republican concerns about illegal immigration were much ado about nothing.
“I can tell you that, at the moment, net migration from Mexico, in the wake of, is zero. It’s zero,” falsely claimed Reid. “The Obama administration [has had] more deportations than George W. Bush ever did. They’ve been very aggressive, [US Immigration and Customs Enforcement] has, about deporting people from the country. So the administration actually, right now, has been the tip of the spear of being extremely aggressive, in addition to the fact that the economics have reduced migration to zero”
Republicans were to blame for problems related to foreigners illegally residing within America, added Reid, since they had not gone along with widespread amnesty dubbed “comprehensive immigration reform.” In other words, the problems of illegal immigration - according to Reid - can be fixed by granting legal status to those currently living in the country unlawfully.
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