Commencement speaker goes on anti-Trump tirade

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While delivering a commencement speech at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, a Princeton University professor called President Trump a “racist, sexist megalomaniac.”

“The president of the United States, the most powerful politician in the world, is a racist, sexist megalomaniac,” said Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, who is an assistant professor in African American studies and author of “From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation.”

“It’s not a benign observation, but it has meant tragic consequences for many people in our country — from terror-inducing raids in the communities of undocumented immigrants to his disparaging of refugees in search of freedom and respite,” Taylor said of Trump’s presidency.

During the speech, Taylor asserted that the federal court rulings halting Trump’s executive orders temporarily restricting immigration from several Muslim-majority nations were influenced by political activism, not application of the law.

“When Trump’s first illegal Muslim travel ban was attempted, thousands of ordinary people flooded the airports around this country,” she said. “And because of those protests, and the defiance they represented, that ban was stopped — not once, but twice. It is not enough just to be outraged. Injustice has to actually be defied.”

Taylor also contended that Trump “empowered an attorney general who embraces and promulgates policies that have already proven to have had a devastating impact on black families and communities.”

On May 12, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a reversal of Obama-era policies that has angered civil right groups, stating that he has instructed prosecutors to pursue the most serious charges possible against criminal suspects.

 

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