2017 has been a tough year…
I seem to have unintentionally created a series of illustrations about Donald Trump! It’s impossible to avoid the damage he has caused during his presidency, and his actions have become material for my illustrations.
I had to do an illustration for the US election.
10 hours until the vote closes, and there’s still something really bothering me… unless you’re in denial or living under a rock, it’s common knowledge that Trump and his supporters and racist. His immigration tactic stole the hearts of all the painfully stupid white Americans, and when asked about deportation (claims to deport 11m in 2 years) he said “those people are out. They’re gonna be out so fast your head will spin”. It fascinates me that Trump has chosen to demonise blacks and Latinos, for being illegal immigrants, yet his wife is from Yugaslavia. Melania went to the USA in 1996 and fully emigrated in 2001. She wasn’t born in the USA, she doesn’t “sound American” and it certainly took a few years to get her green card. So why are people from Slovakia, like Melania, not tarnished with the same “foreigner” brush like all the other victims of Trump’s small orange mouth? It probably helps that she’s white.
Before starting this illustration I did a little research of poor Melania. Why is she married to this animal and why is she an exception to his xenophobic rules?! Other than “bigly”, Trump’s favourite word is “crook” – something he likes to use not just to describe Clinton, but also a lot of the “hombres” in the USA. It turns out that his own wife is a not only an immigrant but also a crook! Melania’s website falsely claimed for more than a decade that she had a degree in architecture and design from the University of Ljubljana. Her biography in the 2016 Republican National Convention official program also incorrectly stated that she had obtained a degree in Slovenia. She has lied about her education for her own financial and personal gain.
It deeply concerns me that half of the USA doesn’t see the hypocrisy in everything Trump says. His wife is a liar who made false claims. His wife is not a US born citizen. Yet Trump expresses an immense hate for those exact people. This man spews nothing but hate and division, and simply cannot be in charge of the USA, otherwise the entire world will be under threat. I’m scared for tomorrow.
After Theresa May says Britain should leave the European convention on human rights, Patrick Stewart, Adrian Scarborough and Sarah Solemani expose the problems in the Conservative plan for a UK bill of rights. Hilarious satire video:
May said the influence of the European Court of Human Rights made Britain “less secure” as she described how it had delayed the deportation of hate preachers and terror suspects, as well as denying MPs the power to ban prisoners from having the vote. May has now been ridiculed after being told Britain can’t quit the ECHR as long as it remains a member of the EU. The EU is bound by the ECHR.
The shadow justice secretary, Charles Falconer, accused May of “sacrificing Britain’s 68-year-old commitment to human rights for her own miserable Tory leadership ambitions”.
So, as someone who is wanting to take part in this vote, whilst being a human rights activist, the safety if ECHR is concerning. Shouldn’t the UK lead not retreat on human rights?
Theresa May has claimed “we can protect human rights ourselves”, which is a terrifying statement, particularly in the wake of the US presidential election, where Human Rights groups are looking for allies and support from other countries. How can we criticise Donald Trump’s views on human rights and equality if we are unable to set an example ourselves? How will this impact those wanting to have a better life in the UK after living in abhorrent, dangerous conditions?
I’m spending some time researching and thinking about which way my vote should go. I will also be considering the impact of Animal Rights laws (I’ll probably do a post on that too), as the recent changes in laws have had a hugely positive impact on EU animal cruelty regarding the barbaric testing of products etc. What will happen with China and their animal testing policy? Will we still obtain the same Animal Rights laws if we leave the EU?…