Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Who is Tom Homan?

He's the guy in this picture shaking Trump's hand.

This is from Americas Voice, which is a pro-immigration group.

Immigration 101: Who is Tom Homan?

Tom Homan was the former acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the federal immigration agency responsible for arresting and deporting undocumented immigrants, from 2017 to 2018. Since leaving the Trump Administration, Homan has associated with hate groups and has been a vocal messenger of white nationalist conspiracy theories. Homan recently told the New York Times he would “agree to come back” in a second Trump term and “run the largest deportation operation this country’s ever seen.” 

Under Trump, Tom Homan was notorious for wanting to prosecute elected officials and directed the department to mass-deport immigrants regardless of priorities. “You should be uncomfortable, you should look over your shoulder, and you need to be worried,” Homan warned undocumented families in 2017. During a speech the following year, he bragged that he was “enjoying” then-President Trump’s deportation agenda.

In late 2023, Tom Homan went on Fox news to discuss historic levels of deportation under a possible Trump second term. He stated, “No one’s off the table [for deportation]. If you’re in the country illegally in violation of immigration law, you are a target.” He continued by saying, “I’m not fooling myself into thinking we can remove twenty million people. But, you know, we’re going to give it one hell of a shot and remove as many as we can.“

Since at least 2018, Tom Homan has been a readily-available anti-immigrant Fox News contributor, where he has profusely spread the dangerous and violence-inducing white nationalist narrative of a migrant “invasion” at the border. Homan blamed Biden for a rise in border apprehensions months before the 2020 election even took place, and continued to talk about an “invasion” as an “intentional” move by the Biden Administration.

This is from Newsweek, March 03, 2023:

Trump's ICE Director Doesn't Care About Families Separated at Border

During his time as acting director of ICE, Homan was in charge of the early version of
Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration enforcement policy that detained and criminally
charged adults who crossed the border into the U.S. without permission. Detained adults
who entered with children had those children taken from them, which generated much
controversy and criticism because families found diculty in reconnecting later since the
government didn't have a system in place for reunification.

"I'm sick and tired of hearing about the family separation," Homan said at CPAC. "I'm still
being sued over that.... I don't give a s***, right? Bottom line is, we enforced the law."

Homan, though, indicated during his remarks at CPAC that he did not have much
sympathy for parents who are separated from their children when they enter the U.S.
without permission.

"When I was a cop in New York and I arrested a father for domestic violence or someone
for DUI [driving under the inuence], I separated that family," he said. "When you violate
the law with a child, you're going to be separated."

"They chose to separate themselves," Homan added.

So why bring you the bio of this thug?

Because just days ago, right here in Sangamon County, just a couple of miles from where Lincoln is buried,  for the low-low price of just $50, you could've heard this fascist goon expound on the glories of Donald Trump and how much he looks forward to getting back into the mass deportation business if Trump slimes his way back to power in November.

Yes, in keeping with it's long and shameful tradition of paying the worst people to come to town to fire up the local Republican meatheads, last week Homan was the keynote speaker at the annual Sangamon County Lincoln Day fundraising dinner.

Here were your donation options:

$125 per person Reservation for Dinner & Program

$50 per person VIP Reception (must include dinner purchase) Meet & Greet the Speaker

$1000 per couple – Secure Border Roundtable with Speaker Tom Homan and Other Officials

Here were your Sponsorship options:

$2000 Lincoln Great Table seating closest to the stage. Dinner for ten (10). Complimentary Wine, Gift Basket. Name listed in program and on video display.

$1500 Presidential Choice Table and Dinner for ten (10). Name listed in program and on video display.

$750 Legislative Five (5) dinner reservations. Name listed in program and on video display.

$150 Railsplitter Sponsorship only – no dinner reservation. Name listed in program.

Because I wrote about it last year and because we mentioned it on our podcast last year, some of you may remember that last year the Sangamon County's GOP Lincoln Day dinner headline was serial liar and David Plouffe's new bestest podcast buddy, Kelleyanne Conway.

From our local paper:

Kellyanne Conway, an advisor of former President Donald Trump, will be the keynote speaker of the Sangamon County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day dinner.

Sangamon County GOP chair Dianne Barghouti Hartwick said the dinner, scheduled for 6 p.m. on May 3, has been a fundraiser for the party dating back more than 100 years. Tickets begin at $125 per person for the dinner with photo opportunities available for $50 each.

The year before that, it was Charlie Kirk, which I wrote about at the time.

And before Chuckles Kirk it was Candace Owens, which I also wrote about at the time

And before that it was Jason Chaffetz, one-time congressperson and current Fox News troll who now lives in Donald Trump's underwear drawer, which, yep, wrote about that one too.

The year before that it was Fox News in-house train-wreck/barfly,  Jeanine Pirro.  Wrote about that.

The year before that wingnut-network-job-hopper and H.R. Haldeman stunt-double, Corey Lewandowski.

The year before that, in 2016, it was none other than Fox News prime-time Gorgon and Keith Olbermann's former girlfriend, Laura Ingraham.
And on and on and on.

If you were ever curious about how we out here in the cornfields have been so consistently, dead-on accurate for decades with our predictions about the trajectory of the Republican Party, while our elite professional political media has been so repeatedly and catastrophically wrong about the GOP, it's really pretty simple.  Unlike our our elite professional political media, we actually live out here in the real world, chock-a-block with real Republicans who have never been shy about what they really believe.   

In fact, as I write this, the Hugh Hewitt Show is playing on one of the two big radio station in the area.  He's on 9AM-12PM, Monday through Friday.  And if I don't want to listen to Hewitt, I can always tune in to the other big radio station in the area where, at this moment, the Brian Kilmeade Show is playing.  He's on 9AM-11AM, Monday through Friday.  

Later in the day, on the first station, you get Sean Hannity followed by Mark Levin.  

Later in the day on the other station you get Dana Loesch followed by Erick Erickson 

The first station pads out it's weekend offerings with America First with Sebastian Gorka, The Larry Kudlow Show, Newsmax's own Chris Plante on the Chris Plante Show and, hilariously. The Weekend with Michael [Heckuva Job, Brownie] Brown.

The second station takes it's foot off the wingnut gas over the weeked with shows like American Family Farmer,  Let’s Talk Cosmetic Dentistry and The Jesus Christ Show, but it does find room late on Sunday night for Judge Jeanine Pirro.

This is the ambient radio environment out here in much of the real world -- the poison that Republicans out here in the real world are steeping in every day --  and it's been this way for going on 40 years now. 

And there is absolutely no fucking way to fail to notice it, unless your job as an elite political media professional is to deliberately fail to notice it.  

I Am The Liberal Media


XtopherSD said...

We're moving from San Diego to southwest Michigan in June and I've started looking at my radio station options. :-O
Thank goodness for satellite and internet radio.

Robt said...

You went the long way around the globe explaining who this guy is . When you could have just said, he is a Superior race NAZI Trump dude.
But hey, more info is always better than not enough or a tad bit of ingo lathered in made up feces

Robt said...

Now, tell me who you think Speaker Mike Johnson truly is?