The most grotesque side of republican politics is harvested in Georgia
Two candidates for the governorship of Georgia have shown in their campaigns that in the Trump Era there are no longer limits to racism and xenophobia.
When we thought that American politics could no longer surprise us, the 2018 race begins and proves us wrong.
It wasn’t enough with Roy Moore and his camp or the conspiracy theories of Fox and Friends, now there is a candidate for the governor of Georgia who campaigns in what he has called "the deportation bus".
On Sunday, social media was plagued with a series of images shared by Ana Clavel on Facebook from Georgia, showing a "deportation bus" painted with the campaign slogans of a certain Michael Williams.
"Michael Williams – a Georgia state senator and, according to his website, the first elected official in the state to endorse Donald Trump - announced this week that he would drive a bus around the state to raise awareness of 'the overwhelming problem of illegal immigration,'" The Independent reported.
In his profile on Facebook - in which he describes himself as "a fearless conservative" - his campaign has put a statement explaining that his journey will start on Wednesday, May 16 and will visit "each of the most dangerous sanctuary cities of Georgia", including Clarkston, Decatur, and Athens.
The message is accompanied by a video showing Williams descending from a converted school bus, which reads "Danger: murderers, rapists, kidnappers, molesters and other criminals onboard."
"We’re not just gonna track ‘em and watch ‘em roam around our state,” says Williams. "We’re gonna put ‘em on this bus and send ‘em home.”
While his promise seems to be simple, his campaign has not responded to questions about the "legal" procedures that could be used to fulfill his mission, even though in the video Williams refers to the 287 (g) deportation plan, which allows local police officers to collaborate with the federal government and immigration agents.
However, since the beginning of the year, the Georgia Senate has approved measures to facilitate deportation procedures through the SB 452, which "would require local law enforcement and court officials in Georgia report to U.S. immigration enforcement if they learn a suspect is in the country illegally,” according to wabe.org.
Paradoxically, and as reported by Latino Rebels, Williams has received support from the Latinos for Trump group.
And Williams' opponent is not far behind.
The Secretary of State of Georgia, Brian Kemp, published a campaign video weeks before, not only assuring that "no one will take away our weapons", but also showing a truck "just in case I need to round up criminal illegals and take them home myself.”
"Yep, I just said that," the candidate adds. "If you want a politically incorrect conservative, that's me."
Both candidates are just a sample of the most dangerous effect of the Trump phenomenon: the exacerbation of divisionism and xenophobia as political tools that, unfortunately, seem to be promising.