I got caught up in my own confusion recently, reading through Twitter without clicking on any of the links to get the low down on each short message. What I read is not what was written, at least, not in the way that I thought it was. In other words, I gained a completely different impression of something and it threw me completely.
Apparently several of the Republican candidates for the office of President of the United States of America commented on the term ‘Anchor Babies’. I caught it with The Donald’s name mentioned – I haven’t bothered checking to see whether he coined the phrase or whether it is a general GOP thing – and read the term as ‘Anchor Babes’.
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Now, if you consider the run-in The Donald had with Megyn Kelly recently, you might already have figured out where I’m going. My first thought was that The Donald was sending out another of his attacks, aimed at Ms Kelly, and had used this belittling term to describe her. I suppose, as far as he is concerned, it could well fit: she is an anchor on the show and, for many, most certainly a Babe (capital B!). Coming from a man like The Donald, and many others of similar persuasion, this would be an insult, especially if he happens to be on the look-out for another trophy wife.
But no, what was meant was Anchor Babies, children born of immigrants – mostly termed either alien or illegal – who gain citizenship thanks to being born on US soil and, as a result, can ‘adopt’ their parents to stay with them. I have my thoughts about this, but they will not appear here today. Likewise I have my thoughts about The Donald’s idea of packing eleven million people into trains and shipping them off somewhere, but that will also have to wait for another day. Right now I shall think about my Anchor Babes.
Before you ask, no, Megyn is not taking her holiday here with me… although, were it not for her political bent…
Love & Kisses, Viki.