email from Christina Hartman, candidate for US House PA-16, 1/14/18. (At this point in the election cycle, this site helps publicize, for readers’ reflection, any important thoughts and issues raised by Dem candidates who are expected to be on the May 15 primary ballot.)
You’ve probably seen the news about President Trump’s shameful comments about Haiti, El Salvador, and Africa this past week. I’ll be honest: I’ve been fuming.
While Trump has said many awful things, these words feel particularly personal.
I’ve spent much of my career working around the globe — including in Africa, where I made lifelong friends. On a recent trip to Liberia, I met with a group of incredible women who were running for political office — turns out we’d had lot of the same experiences!
I know that many people in our community who have done mission work overseas have had similar positive experiences. Trump’s view of those places and people who live there couldn’t be further from the truth.
But, perhaps most importantly, Trump doesn’t understand who WE are as a country — nor what makes us great.
Right now, America receives the best and brightest immigrants from all over the world — I see this in my hometown of Lancaster every day. Immigrants have brought new ideas, new businesses, and new energy to Southeast Pennsylvania, just as they have across the country.
We need every elected official — on both sides of the aisle — to condemn Trump’s comments. Remaining silent at this time speaks volumes.
We haven’t heard a peep about any of this from our opponent Lloyd Smucker. We can’t afford to be represented by someone who ignores us. We can’t afford someone who’s forgotten what makes America truly great.
Our campaign to kick Smucker out of Congress is picking up steam. With your help, we can restore true representation to this district, and finally hold Trump accountable for his words and actions.