Election 2016 Immigration

Harry Reid Challenges Trump to Take a Naturalization Test

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

As you might have heard, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is calling for a new ideological purity test for people who want to immigrate to America and, to that end, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has called on Trump to take a naturalization test.

Becoming a naturalized citizen requires passing a test of basic knowledge of American history and government and Harry Reid is skeptical that Trump could pass such a test.

This is straight fire from Reid's office:

“Since Donald Trump wants to impose new tests on immigrants, he should take the one test every immigrant has to pass to become a United States citizen. He would almost certainly fail, given his general ignorance and weak grasp of basic facts about American history, principles and functioning of our government. The fact is, Donald Trump is nothing more than a spoiled, unpatriotic drain on society who has earned nothing and helped no one." [...]

“Unlike immigrants, Donald Trump represents none of the qualities that make America great. Immigrants work hard to get here and become Americans, while Trump inherited everything from his father and works hardest at Tweeting insults and ripping off hard-working people with two-bit scams."

Trump says we should only accept immigrants who share our values.

Whose values? Trump's values? Pence's values? Paul Manafort's values?

  • waspuppet

    Well done, Harry! I think we can twist the knife in a little deeper than that, though: We’d have to proctor Trump’s naturalization test closely, since there’s no small chance he’d get help from his wife, who after all presumably passed it.

  • Aynwrong

    I hate to date myself but, Hey Donald, wipe those Nike marks of your face son!!!

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  • gescove

    Give ‘Em Hell, Harry!

  • muselet

    Like Barack Obama, Harry Reid has—in Charlie Pierce’s words—looked in his big bag of fcks and found he has no more to give. Good for him.

    I expect the reaction from Donald Trump will be amusing.