People seek revenge by sending their ex’s immigration status and address to Trump
Over the course of his 2016 White House bid, President-elect Donald Trump promised to deport undocumented immigrants. Trump spoke to his supporters at a Phoenix, Arizona rally earlier this year where he said he would triple the amount of ICE agents and set up a “special deportation task force.”
Since Trump won the election, some individuals have taken to social media to ask the president-elect to deport their ex partners, the Miami New Times reports. Not only are these people asking Trump to deport their former partners, some users are providing addresses, descriptions, and sometimes photos, as well.
Internet users have been posting their messages to Trump and his surrogates on Twitter and Facebook since he won the election on Nov. 8. Most of the people who posted their pleas did so by writing, “I hope Donald Trump doesn’t delete my ex who lives at this address,” before providing the information.
Others wrote more direct posts, such as, “Hey trump, Deport my ex, please.” It’s unclear whether the posts are serious or legitimate; however, posting a former partner’s information on social media — including their immigration status and address — is likely, for many, a terrifying way to seek revenge.
The various posts created an important narrative — one that depended on the race of an individual. Most of the posts suggested the individuals’ former partners were Mexican or Dominican. Another asked if their partner could be deported because “he’s white.”
One Twitter user wrote, “Tell me why my ex is a trump supporter. He’s trying to deport my a**.”
In just the ten days following the 2016 election, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported 867 instances of harassment and intimidation, 32 percent of which “were motivated by anti-immigrant sentiment.”
See below for a sampling of the recent posts.
Can Donald Trump deport my ex because he’s a German citizen, or nah because he’s white?
— Brittany Baldwin (@BrittanyBaldwin) November 16, 2016