President Trump has apparently decided that a blatant appeal to racism and white grievance is his ticket to re-election. The "if you don't like it, go back to where you came from" rhetoric is the kind of reasoned discourse we've come to expect from this president. One can only hope that the voting public will decisively reject this appeal next fall.
The more immediate question for us in the Northern Shenandoah Valley is how our elected representatives -- Sen. Jill Vogel and Dels. Chris Collins and Dave LaRock -- react to this kind of ignorant, juvenile, divisive statement. Do they fall in line with the rest of the Trump -- excuse me, "Republican" -- Party and endorse the president's statements, or do they demonstrate a modicum of respect for their non-white constituents and for the ideals on which our government was built, and disown the president's remarks?
Do they believe there's such a thing as conditional citizenship (based on the degree of melanin in one's skin), or is there just one class of citizenship, in which case one's skin tone and/or where one's family may have come from is irrelevant? (Which would render the "go back to where you came from" trope moot.) We need to know where the three of you stand, kids.