Recent POLITICO stories show two sides of Donald Trump's presidential campaign. One story refers to a Trump speech in which he mocked an Indian accent in describing his phone conversation with a credit card call center representative.

Is it just barely possible that this crude and offensive example of anti-Asian prejudice might provide further insight into why Trump is now promising to abolish the H-1B visa, as well green cards through labor certification, which together are the heart of America's employment-based immigration system?

The other story describes death threats being made by Trump supporters against Republican convention delegates if they do not support him. These include 4,000 to 5,000 phone calls threatening violence against the Colorado Republican chairman alone.

POLITICO writes:

"in hotel hallways and across dinner tables, many party leaders attendig this week's meetings shared similar stories. One party chairman says a Trump supporter recently got in his face and promised 'bloodshed' if Trump doesn't win the GOP nomination. An Indiana delegate who criticized Trump received a note warning against 'traditional burial' that ended with 'We are watching you'."

POLITICO continues:

"And also the harassers are typically anonymous, many party leaders on the receiving end of these threats hold Trump himself at least partly responsible, viewing the intimidation efforts as a natural and obvious outgrowth of the candidate's incendiary rhetoric."

And, from the same article:

"Trump's campaign has never explicitly encouraged violence. But it has promoted tactics that have contributed to the delegates' fear."

Are these unrelated reports? Or are they two sides of the same coin of anti-immigrant racism and authoritarian violence coming from the Donald J. Trump presidential campaign? And what do these and other similar news stories tell us about what America might expect from a Trump presidency?

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law