Virginia Delegate Protests Trump Speech: “You Can’t Send Us Back!”

HeadlineJul 31, 2019

In Virginia, a state delegate disrupted a speech by President Trump, protesting his racist and anti-immigrant policies amid the ongoing outrage over Trump’s racist attacks on House Oversight Chair Elijah Cummings and the city of Baltimore. Trump was addressing an event in Jamestown marking the beginning of self-government in the U.S. in 1619—which is also the same year the first slaves arrived in the country. This is Virginia state Delegate Ibraheem Samirah.

President Donald Trump: “Americans govern ourselves. And so help us God, we always will. Right here in Virginia, your predecessors”—

Delegate Ibraheem Samirah: “Mr. President, you can’t send us back! Virginia is our home! Mr. President, you can’t send us back! Virginia is our home!”

“You cannot send us back. Virginia is our home,” chanted state Delegate Ibraheem Samirah, who is Palestinian-American. Samirah also carried a sign that read “go back to your corrupted home,” “deport hate” and “reunite my family and all shattered by systemic discrimination.” Addressing his action later in the day, Samirah wrote, “[N]obody’s racism and bigotry should be excused for the sake of being polite. The man is unfit for office and unfit to partake in a celebration of democracy, representation, and our nation’s history of immigrants.” Black legislators from Virginia boycotted Trump’s Jamestown appearance.

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