In a radio interview following a campaign stop in Alabama on Friday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump announced that he plans on modifying the historically famous “New Colossus” sonnet that is engraved on a plaque in the Statue Of Liberty pedestal, should he become President of the United States.
Specifically, Trump sees the phrase that closes the poem as problematic. It currently reads as follows:
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
While he doesn’t believe there is anything directly inappropriate in those specific words, Trump indicated that the section needs to be removed because it “gives the wrong impression to people around the world, who have come to see the United States as a haven of promise and hope.” He added that it has unfortunately made people believe that the U.S. is a welcoming nation. “You have these immigrants from Mexico who read that, and then they get the idea that they have a chance for a better life here, which is just silly” Trump said.
A major element of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, which kicked off in June, has been centered on what he sees as the problem of illegal immigration. He infamously referred to Mexican immigrants as “rapists” in his campaign kick-off speech, which set off a firestorm of controversy and has reignited the debate over immigration reform in the U.S. Part of Trump’s plans to address the issue include building a wall, deporting the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the country, as well as changing the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees birthright citizenship to people born in the United States.
When it was suggested that the move to omit a section of text from the Statue Of Liberty might be seen as extreme by some Americans and people around the world, Trump was quick to remind those who might be concerned that the statue was originally a gift from France anyway. “Now, don’t get me wrong, I love French people, and have hired many of them to work in my hotels” Trump said. “But when I think of what it is that will make America great again, I don’t necessarily think of something gifted from France. The idea of offering sanctuary and liberty to the oppressed might be good French values, but I don’t think they really represent my vision for America.”
Trump was later asked if he would replace the words that he plans to remove from the statue, saying “I’m not sure. I have floated some ideas around, but there’s nothing definite.” He continued to say “but the word ‘Trump’ would fit nicely there, don’t you think?”
*NOTE TO READER: THERE HAS BEEN SOME CONFUSION, SO THIS NEEDS TO BE MADE CLEAR – THIS ARTICLE IS SATIRE.
**Scary to realize, it ain’t far from the truth though, huh?
Photo insert: Wikimedia Commons/Gage Skidmore. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Donald_Trump#/media/File:Donald_Trump_by_Gage_Skidmore_2.jpg
Statue Of Liberty photo: Pixabay/ahundt