Trump's bigotry is hurting the people defending our country.
Marine veteran Mansoor Shams said in an appearance on MSNBC Tuesday that Trump's embrace of anti-immigrant racism hurts many of the Americans in the armed services who are themselves immigrants.
Shams earned the rank of corporal in the Marines and uses his work as "the Muslim Marine" to oppose hate, bigotry and Islamophobia.
During his appearance, Shams was asked to comment on Trump's widely condemned attack on four Democratic congresswomen of color who he said should "go back" to their native homes. All four women are U.S. citizens.
Trump's rhetoric has "made it very hard for members of our armed forces," Shams explained. "There's a lot of immigrants serving in the United States military, he's made their job that much harder. He's made the job of the commanders that much harder."
"It's a really, really scary position. This is your commander-in-chief," he said. "If I were asked to join the armed forces today, I'm not sure if I would come in under President Trump."
Shams is another voice that has been raised in condemnation against Trump, running in stark contrast to his Republican allies.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, along with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, have given open support to Trump's racist remarks.
Both men claimed that the statements are not racist. McCarthy even went so far as to plead with other Republicans not to vote for a Democratic resolution in the House condemning Trump.
The Republican Party is all-in on racism and xenophobia, even while marines like Shams are pointing out the harm Trump is inflicting on the troops.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.