Young Kim is Donald Trump

Kim in June 2018: ‘The President We Needed Appeared…It’s OK To Applaud Him.’

Kim praised Trump’s policies, urged audience to focus on Trump’s economic results, not ‘late night tweets.’ In an interview with the Korea Daily streamed live on June 7, 2018, Young Kim told the interviewer that Trump’s economic policies have strengthened America’s economy. Kim said:

“Through deregulation, our economy is growing. Through tax reform, American corporations overseas have returned to the U.S, and are producing here, reviving our economy. Seeing all of that, see in conclusion that it’s good for us. The president’s late night tweets, the way he talks, a style of talking we dislike, in conclusion, see that he helps us . . . At this time, the president we needed appeared. If you can see that, it’s OK to applaud him.

This language originally appeared in Korean. [미주중앙일보 Youtube, 6/7/2018]

Kim on Trump Policies: ‘We Don’t Have Any Difference There’

Kim aligns with Trump policies: ‘We don’t have any difference,’ agrees Trump is doing very well…fixing past wrong actions. In an interview with the Korea Daily streamed live on June 7, 2018, Young Kim agreed with the interviewer who said Trump is ‘doing a good job’ and lauded Trump’s policies on deregulation and pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, as well as the Paris Agreement. The reporter said,

“What do you think about Trump’s policies? I personally think he’s doing a good job. Deregulation, passing tax cuts, cutting 22 regulations for every new one, pulling out of the TPP, free trade agreementsAmerica loses so much money from the free trade agreementshe’s working on fixing the trade deficit, I think he’s doing very well. I personally think we needed to pull out of the Paris Agreement because it was so unfair. And, North Korea. Diplomacy, too. The way I see it, at this point, Trump is fixing past wrong actions. That’s the feeling I get. I’m curious about what you think.”

Kim replied, “We don’t have any difference there.”

This language originally appeared in Korean. [미주중앙일보 Youtube, 6/7/2018]

Kim ‘Stands with’ Trump

Kim: ‘I will work with the President and he is our president and we need to stand with him.’ In May 2018, at the AM 870 Forum, Kim praised President Trump in her response to the moderator’s question about how she reacted to questions regarding her stance on President Trump. Kim said:

His leadership, we need to congratulate him for his decisive leadership and [inaudible] right? I mean, for someone as an immigrant from South Korea, seeing what is happening in the Korean peninsula, the fact that they, even though today President Trump announced that he’s going to scrap the idea of-actually delay. I think it’s going to be delayed. I don’t think it’s going to be scrapped altogether. But this is something that I never thought we’ll see in my life, especially as running for a member of the congressional seat, so I’m going to bring my experience and work with the president in order to make sure that there is a peaceful conversation in the Korean peninsula… I will work with the President and he is our president and we need to stand with him to make sure that [inaudible]. [AM 870 Forum, 12:22, 5/24/2018]

Kim Praised Trump for ‘Decisive Leadership’

Kim praised President Trump for having ‘decisive leadership.’ In May 2018, at the AM 870 Forum, Kim praised President Trump for having “decisive leadership”: “And now with President Trump has done today announcing he is not going to go through with the June 12th summit, I think that’s again another sign of decisive leadership that’s coming out of the White House, especially when it comes to foreign policy.” [AM 870 Forum, 12:22, 5/24/2018]

Kim in July 2018: ‘We’ve Seen our President Strengthen our Nation.’

Kim said that ‘We’ve seen our president strengthen our nation.’ In July 2018, Kim said that “we’ve seen our president strengthen our nation”:

I’m running in the 39th congressional district I just got back again from Washington D.C. literally, I am coming right here from the airport, and you know the view in Washington news, we’ve seen our president strengthen our nation, and you’ve seen the meltdown in Washington D.C. by the liberal members of Congress. [Young Kim speech, 0:25, 7/11/18]

Young Kim Stood By Trump Putting Immigrant Children In Cages

3/7/2017: Secretary Kelly confirms administration considering separating families. According to USA Today, in March 2017, then Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly confirmed that the Trump administration was “considering separating families at the border.” At the time, Kelly said, it would “deter more movement along this terribly dangerous network.” [USA Today, 6/27/2018]

4/20/18: NY Times report sparks national outrage.  The New York Times published a report stating that “700 children have been taken from their parents since October.” According to USA Today, this report was the first to call attention to the scale of the separations. The report sparked a public outcry against the Trump Administration policies. [The New York Times, 4/20/2018]

5/11/18: AG Sessions confirms zero-tolerance policy ‘required’ family separation. Attorney General Jeff Sessions acknowledged that the zero-tolerance policy would require the separation of families on May 11, 2018. Further, Sessions said at the time, “If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law.” He continued, “If you don’t like that, then don’t smuggle children over our border.” [USA Today, 6/27/2018]

5/25/18: Kim tweets a message of support aligning with Trump policy. Kim tweeted a message of support to the Trump Administration family separation policy on May 25, 2018: “I will fight to keep America safe by securing our borders and ports of entry, addressing threats from abroad, and giving law enforcement the tools they need to enforce the law and keep people safe.” [@YoungKimCD39 Twitter, 5/25/2018]

6/7/2018: Kim praised Trump’s policies, urged audience to focus on Trump’s economic results, not ‘late night tweets.’ In an interview with the Korea Daily streamed live on June 7, 2018, Young Kim told the interviewer that Trump’s economic policies have strengthened America’s economy. Kim said:

“Through deregulation, our economy is growing. Through tax reform, American corporations overseas have returned to the U.S, and are producing here, reviving our economy. Seeing all of that, see in conclusion that it’s good for us. The president’s late night tweets, the way he talks, a style of talking we dislike, in conclusion, see that he helps us . . . At this time, the president we needed appeared. If you can see that, it’s OK to applaud him.

This language originally appeared in Korean. [미주중앙일보 Youtube, 6/7/2018]

6/7/2018: Kim aligns with Trump policies: ‘We don’t have any difference,’ agrees Trump is doing very well…fixing past wrong actions. In an interview with the Korea Daily streamed live on June 7, 2018, Young Kim agreed with the interviewer who said Trump is ‘doing a good job’ and lauded Trump’s policies on deregulation and pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, as well as the Paris Agreement. The reporter said,

“What do you think about Trump’s policies? I personally think he’s doing a good job. Deregulation, passing tax cuts, cutting 22 regulations for every new one, pulling out of the TPP, free trade agreementsAmerica loses so much money from the free trade agreementshe’s working on fixing the trade deficit, I think he’s doing very well. I personally think we needed to pull out of the Paris Agreement because it was so unfair. And, North Korea. Diplomacy, too. The way I see it, at this point, Trump is fixing past wrong actions. That’s the feeling I get. I’m curious about what you think.”

Kim replied, “We don’t have any difference there.”

This language originally appeared in Korean. [미주중앙일보 Youtube, 6/7/2018]

6/7/2018: Kim says CA sanctuary state law ‘ties the hands of local law enforcement.’ In an interview with the Korea Daily streamed live on June 7, 2018, Young Kim said that California’s sanctuary state law “ties the hands of local law enforcement.” This language originally appeared in Korean. [미주중앙일보 Youtube, 6/7/2018]

6/18/2018: Two months later, still no plan to reunite families. The New Yorker reported that, nearly two months after The New York Times first reported the Trump administration’s family separation policy, the administration still did not have plans to reunite families. [The New Yorker, 6/18/2018]

6/18/2018: Trump administration released photos of detention centers, increasing backlash. Vox reported that the Trump administration released photos and video of the detention centers where children separated from their parents were being held in an “attempt to quiet criticism” as the Trump administration “faced immense backlash over its ‘zero-tolerance’ policy.” However, the images were “only increasing critics’ horror.” Reportedly,

Rather than prove the administration’s point, the images of the McAllen facility only serve to further illustrate the horrific nature of its practices, showing kids held in metal enclosures sprawled atop mattresses laid on a concrete floor, with little around them except flimsy space blankets. ‘More than 1,100 people were inside the large, dark facility that’s divided into separate wings for unaccompanied children, adults on their own, and mothers and fathers with children,’ the Associated Press reported, following a Sunday visit. [Vox, 6/18/2018]

6/19/2018: Bay Area family starts $20 million fundraiser for RAICES. In June 2018, after a Bay Area couple saw a photo of an “anguished 2-year-old Honduran girl looking up at her mother, who was being searched by a United States border patrol agent in southern Texas,” they started an online fundraising effort for the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services. The couple originally aimed to raise $1,500, but eventually raised over $20 million. [The New York Times, 6/19/2018]

6/20/2018: Trump signed executive order to end family separation. On June 20, 2018, at 8:45 am, President Trump signed an executive order “designed to keep migrant families together at the U.S.-Mexico border,” following public outcry. This move was antithetical from his original statements that family separation was enforced by “ironclad law” that he could not reverse.  [Federal Register, 6/20/2018]

6/20/2018: Two full months after crisis first reported and on the same day that Trump publicly reversed his position, Kim says she opposes family separation; calls for legislation but caveats ‘we must enforce our laws.’ On June 20, 2018 at 8:31 pm, the Kim campaign posted a statement on its official Facebook page denouncing family separation and calling for legislation. The post read:

As an immigrant, mother, and American, it breaks my heart to see families separated and I am relieved that an executive order, stopping the policy of family separation, was issued. We should have never ended up at this point but now Congress must pass legislation to stop this from happening in the future. I believe that we must enforce our laws, secure our borders, and encourage legal immigration to this country. However, while doing this we must make sure that our laws are enforced in a humane way that upholds the values that so many come to this country to pursue. The policy of separating families that cross the border illegally does not live up to these values. We must work to preserve family unity and keep children safe throughout our immigration system. Issues with our immigration system have persisted because of the broken politics of Washington. Politicians would rather demonize their political opponents than address the problems we face. This must stop and as your representative I will work to bridge the partisan divide and deliver results that matter to the people of this district. [Young Kim for Congress Facebook, 6/20/2018]

6/24/2018: Kim says seeing immigrant children separated from parents ‘breaks my heart.’ In June 2018, the Los Angeles Times reported on the “bipartisan outrage over Trump’s policy of separating migrant children from parents arrested for crossing the border illegally.” Kim stated, “Seeing families separated ‘breaks my heart’ and that she wants immigration laws to be ‘enforced in a humane way.'” [Los Angeles Times, 6/24/2018]

7/11/2018: Kim says 39th district does not care about family separation, asks for ‘real story behind’ devastating photos. In July 2018, Bloomberg reported that Kim said the issues most important to the district are access to education and the business climate. ‘This district, they care more about, ‘Do I have a roof over my head?’’ she said. ‘Is this where I can raise my children and provide good quality education?’ While separating illegal immigrant children from their parents troubled [Kim], she said, she chose not to make a political issue out of it.

According to Kim, “If you ask me personally what happens at the border, it worries me, it concerns me. I don’t want to see a crying child, but what’s the real story behind it?” Orange Juice Blog reported on Kim’s comments, saying,

Yeah, go ahead and fill in the blanks. Young Kim, 1941: ‘I don’t want to have to see a bunch of Jews exterminated, but what’s the real story here?’ Young Kim, 1859: ‘I hate to see so many Negroes enslaved, but come on, there has to be some story behind this.’ This is the talk of a woman who doesn’t give a damn, hadn’t put a minute of thought into this ongoing outrage until Bloomberg asked her – and even now can’t be bothered to come up with some alternative explanation to make everyone feel better, but just suggests there might be one. [Bloomberg, 7/11/2018; Orange Juice Blog, 7/11/2018]

7/11/2018: Kim did not oppose family separation until ‘Trump himself reversed his position.’ According to Bloomberg in July 2018, Michael Latner, an associate professor of political science at the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, noted Kim “didn’t take a stand against the administration’s policy of separating illegal immigrant children from their families until the day after Trump himself reversed his position.” [Bloomberg, 7/11/2018]

8/22/2018: Administration official said ‘the expectation was…that no one would care.’ In August 2018, the New Yorker reported that a current administration official commented on the scale of the public outcry at the time:

It had [caught the government by surprise], the official said. ‘The expectation was that the kids would go to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, that the parents would get deported, and that no one would care.’ Yet, when it became clear that the public did, the Administration chose not to change course.[The New Yorker, 8/22/2018]

Trumponomics: Kim Supports the Trump Tax Scam

Kim supported President Trump’s tax plan. In February 2018, the OC Register reported that Kim supported President Trump’s tax plan. The OC Register wrote, “Kim, Harkey and Nelson all praised regulatory reforms of the president, with Kim and Nelson also applauding the tax-reform package.” [OC Register, 2/16/2018]

Despite devastating impact of SALT deductions, Kim said tax plan is ‘step in the right direction.’ In March 2018, Kim praised the GOP tax plan at a forum, despite its cap on SALT and property tax deductions affecting 33% of CA-39 residents. Kim called the tax plan a “step in the right direction” and praised the plan’s increases in child tax credit and incentives to corporations to return to the US. At the forum, Kim said the plan “has tax cuts for all people across the board,” though the GOP plan eliminates savings on $11,171 worth of taxes for each beneficiary in CA-39. [Youtube, 3/29/2018; DCCC, 12/19/2017]

The Republican tax plan gave 83 percent of the total benefits to the wealthiest one percent and corporations. In April 2017, Americans For Tax Fairness reported that the Republican tax plan gave 83 percent of the total benefits to the wealthiest one percent and corporations:

The tax cuts take revenue out of the federal budget that could be used for public services and investments and divert most of it to the richest households and largest corporations. When the new tax law is fully phased in, 83% of the tax cuts will go to the wealthiest 1%. Moreover, these tax cuts will explode the national debt and thereby endanger future funding for Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and other public services working families rely on. [Americans For Tax Fairness, 4/17/2018]

Sacramento Bee: ‘Trump’s tax cut not for everyone: 1 million Californians will owe $12 billion more next year.’ In April 2018, The Sacramento Bee published an article entitled, “Trump’s tax cut not for everyone: 1 million Californians will owe $12 billion more next year”:

President Donald Trump’s tax cuts will be anything but for about 1 million California taxpayers who will owe Uncle Sam more money a year from now. They’re the Californians who will lose a collective $12 billion because the new law caps a deduction they have been able to take for paying their state and local taxes, according to a new analysis by the Franchise Tax Board… But some middle-class Californians will pay more, too. About 751,000 households with incomes under $250,000 probably will owe more tax. All together, they’ll owe an extra $1.1 billion. [The Sacramento Bee, 4/17/18]

Middle and lower-income households worse off under GOP tax bill. In December 2017, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reported that the GOP tax bill offers the most benefits to high-income households, and leaves middle and lower-income households worse off. Under the bill, in 2025, high-income households would receive the largest tax cuts on average, while those earning below $30,000 would face a tax increase on average. By 2027, after many provisions would have expired, higher earners would still quality for large tax cuts, but all income groups earning less than $75,000 would face tax increases. [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 12/19/2017]

CBO: GOP tax law will increase deficit by $1.9 trillion. In April 2018, the Congressional Budget Office reported that the GOP tax law will increase the national deficit by $1.9 trillion between 2018 and 2028. [Congressional Budget Office, 4/20/2018]

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