CNN’s Don Lemon blasted President Donald Trump as “hypocrite-in-chief” Thursday night after revelations that undocumented immigrants were hired to work at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
“Hypocrite-in-chief?” Lemon retorted as he tore into Trump’s Bedminster retreat, “where the initiation fee alone is more than $100,000” for employing people “managers allegedly knew were in the country illegally.”
The New York Times reported on Thursday that Victorina Morales, who admitted she has been in the United States illegally since 2013, “made Donald J. Trump’s bed, cleaned his toilet and dusted his crystal golf trophies.”
Morales admitted having entered the US from Guatemala with phony papers. Morales told the times that “there are many people without papers” working at Trump’s resort.
During the 2016 presidential race, Trump scoffed at rumors suggesting he had hired undocumented workers. “We didn’t have one illegal immigrant on the job,” Trump said at the time.
The Trump Organization responded to the Times story denying it knowingly hired workers with fake papers.
“We have tens of thousands of employees across our properties and have very strict hiring practices,” Amanda Miller, the Trump Organization’s senior vice president for marketing and corporate communications, said in a statement. “If an employee submitted false documentation in an attempt to circumvent the law, they will be terminated immediately.”
Lemon said Trump should “clean house himself first” if he plans on continuing to demonize immigrant laborers, including possibly closing the Bedminster golf club.
“What’s hypocritical is this president demonizing immigrants for his own political purposes,” Lemon said. During the presidential race, Trump decried immigrants as criminals and rapists.
Lemon also called out Trump’s hypocrisy over so-called “chain migration,” through which First Lady Melania’s own parents were able to gain American citizenship.
Trump’s “blatant scare tactics” over immigrants, Lemon noted, became even more egregious due to his policy of separating families at the southern border and “locking them in cages.”
Lemon then torched Trump over his broken promise that he would get Mexico to pay for a border wall.
The hypocrisy is pretty self-explanatory.
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