Thursday, December 17, 2015
A message from FDR's granddaughter on the internment of Japanese-American citizens during WWII
Donald Trump is unable to tell the American people whether or not he would use internment camps for Muslims. That he is unable to unequivocally say NO is more evidence of his lack in understanding of our Constitution. The internment camps were wrong then and they would be wrong now. A definitive NO! is what a candidate with moral conviction and a knowledge of constitutional law would say. Trump has neither.
Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump told TIME that he does not know whether he would have supported or opposed the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
“I would have had to be there at the time to tell you, to give you a proper answer,” he said during a recent interview in his office in New York City.
“I certainly hate the concept of it. But I would have had to be there at the time to give you a proper answer.”
FDR's granddaughter straightens Donald the Weasler out:
Roosevelt Board Chair and FDR Granddaughter Anne Roosevelt released the following statement in reaction to Donald Trump’s Use of WWII Internment to Defend His Intolerant and Divisive Agenda:
“For Donald Trump to cite my grandfather and internment as a defense of his own intolerant and divisive agenda is reprehensible. The internment of thousands of Japanese Americans during World War II is a sad part of our history and, as a part of my grandfather’s administration, a terrible political decision driven by fear. Japanese Americans, who were loyal citizens and who served bravely in the U.S. military, were scarred not only by the physical deprivation of internment but by the denial of the dignity and respect of their own country. As a nation, internment weakened us all. It is a tragic reminder of what happens when we allow fear and hysteria to trump our values.
“Historians and leaders across the political spectrum agree internment was a grievous mistake and a violation of basic human rights. It detracts from the amazing efforts by my grandfather to rescue our economy and build the foundation of America's great middle class. My grandmother, Eleanor, spoke out publicly against the policy immediately and during its implementation. Internment was wrong then and any effort to discriminate against a group of people based on their race or religion is wrong today.”