The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have planned to run a billboard ad near the U.S.-Mexican border that will call for Donald Trump Jr. to be deported from the States.
The animal rights organization is making a statement that criticizes Trump Jr. for his hunting hobby. According to a recent release, the billboard features a photo of him holding a knife and the tail of an elephant.
“Deport Callous Cheating Opportunists Now!” the billboards read. “All nations have their undesirables. Kindness welcome.”
VIOLENT, CRUEL, UNFAITHFUL, OPPORTUNISTIC. Factual description of this Undesirable who travels to foreign countries to shoot wildlife in cold blood in a pathetic display of “white Bwana complex” male insecurity. One day he’ll get his come-uppance. pic.twitter.com/uKHQM0EQ8x
— Ingrid Newkirk (@IngridNewkirk) April 6, 2018
In a release, PETA stated that the billboards will run in El Paso and Laredo, Texas.
The announcement of the ad coincided with President Trump’s escalated rhetoric regarding illegal immigration and after his signing of an order to deploy National Guard troops to the border.
“While people are fleeing to the U.S. to escape violence, over-privileged, callous, cheating louts like Donald Trump Jr. are flying overseas to gun down living, feeling beings just for fun,” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said in the release. “PETA’s border ad is a reminder that kindness is a virtue and that Central America doesn’t hold all the cards when it comes to ‘bad hombres.’”
“Trump Jr. has a history of self-aggrandizement at the expense of wildlife in the U.S. and abroad,” the organization wrote.
Notably, after the shooting at the YouTube headquarters, Trump Jr. took to Twitter after news broke that the alleged shooter may have been an animal rights activist.
“You think there’s any chance whatsoever that a mass shooters hateful Instagram and YouTube channels would be pulled immediately if they were NRA members as opposed to liberal Vegan PETA activists?” Trump Jr. tweeted. “Asking for a few million friends in the @NRA.”
You think there’s any chance whatsoever that a mass shooters hateful Instagram and YouTube channels would be pulled immediately if they were NRA members as opposed to liberal Vegan PETA activists? Asking for a few million friends in the @NRA
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 4, 2018
Of course, President Trump’s crude rhetoric about immigration has been a staple in his policy goals since before his presidency. He has endured a great deal of criticism for statements he has made about immigrants.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump referred to Mexican immigrants in a disgusting fashion. In a notorious speech, he called them “rapists” and “criminals.”
His borderline-racist rhetoric is not limited to Mexico. Trump had also claimed that Muslims took to the streets to cheer after 9/11. During his early presidency, he called for a comprehensive ban of immigrants from Muslim-majority countries, such as Middle Eastern countries. He would also be heavily criticized for later retweeting an anti-Muslim post from a far-right British Pary.
Last year, the president was also scrutinized for calling African nations, Haiti, and El Salvador “shithole countries.”
Trump is now relying on a hardline stance against immigration in order to push his wall into place after a year of failing to do so. The deployment of troops to the border is allegedly a temporary maneuver until the wall is built.
H/T: The Hill