The appointment of Congresswoman Elise Stefanik to the third-highest Republican seat in the House marked Donald Trump’s formal return to political life. Last Wednesday’s message -through a statement- from the former president, “Congratulations to Elise Stefanik for her great and overwhelming victory. The Republican Party of the House of Representatives is united and the Make America Great Again (MAGA) movement is strong ”, and the message of the same legislator when taking office,“ I think that the voters are the ones who say who is the leader of the Republican Party, and President Trump is the leader they look at. I support President Trump. He is an important voice in our Republican Party and I look forward to working with him ”, are the testimony that marks the reintegration into public life of the controversial man who just four months ago left the White House.
Trump’s return to the political arena and Stefanik’s track record on immigration is the worst news ever. The actions of the former president in his administration speak for themselves about what he thinks of immigrants and what treatment they deserve, while Stefanik has shown that the issue is not among his priorities and his position is closely linked to those who ask for lower levels immigration. Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies said in some media that Stefanik “is related to two other Republicans who have the worst record in immigration voting in his career.”
Since last week, when it was officially known that legislator Liz Cheney was about to leave an important position in the Republican leadership in the House, it was known that taking such a step sent a very clear message to the members of the GOP (Grand Old Party) that there will be no tolerance for any disagreement with Trump. And incidentally, it was confirmed that the return of the former White House tenant was accompanied by revenge against those who did not agree with his philosophy.
When Cheney spoke about the possibility of leaving his position within the Republicans in the House, he was very clear and confirmed what he thinks of Trump. “If you want leaders who enable and spread destructive lies, I am not your person, you have many others to choose for that. That will be his legacy ”.
This same week, Dona Brazile – a columnist for the US Today newspaper, an analyst for Fox News and a contributor at Howard and Georgetown universities – said that the impeachment “was not just an attack on Cheney. It was a terrifying attack on our democracy that should alarm Americans. Any Republican who doesn’t worship the false prophet Trump now faces excommunication. The Republican Party could also change its name to the Trumpist Party. “
And precisely, the intention of several Republicans to disassociate themselves from the party and seek the formation of a new political organization – if confirmed – will thin the atmosphere and further divide the country, in addition to once again checking the significance of Trump in the political power struggle and that leaves a trail of pessimism -among other niches- in the migrant community. What do you think?