Michael Bloomberg kicked off his presidential candidacy in stark contrast to how Donald Trump introduced his own in 2015. To Trump’s intolerable implication that immigrants may not in all cases be superior to native-born Americans, Bloomberg laudably asserted immigrants are superior to native-born Americans in every way:
On his second day campaigning for the Democratic nomination, the former New York City mayor contrasted his views on immigration with President Donald Trump’s restrictive policies and laid out a vision of a multicultural society enriched by immigrants.
“We need immigrants to take all the different kinds of jobs that the country needs — improve our culture, our cuisine, our religion, our dialogue and certainly improve our economy,” the billionaire told reporters at a Mexican restaurant in Phoenix.
Culture, cuisine, and the economy are open borders boilerplate. But explicitly talking about how immigration improves the country’s religious composition is novel for a politician on the national stage so far as I’m aware. How long before Democrats publicly and explicitly celebrate immigration improving our racial composition for making it less white?
The most significant religious consequence of modern immigration into the US has been to make the country significantly less Protestant. Catholicism is the big winner, but Islam, Orthodox Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism have all gained market share at the expense of Protestantism as well:
While religiously observant Jews presumably have more animosity towards Catholicism than Protestantism, secular American Jews like Bloomberg reserve their strongest resentment for WASPs on account of their historical golf course exclusivity.
GSS variables used: YEAR(2000-2018), RELIG, BORN