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My English-Irish-Scottish-Italian American granddaughter and my partner’s Chinese-Taiwanese American granddaughter.

My ancestor, Governor William Bradford of the Plymouth Colony, was an immigrant who arrived on the shores of the American continent in December, 1620, almost 400 years ago, fleeing religious persecution in England. Later ancestor Lt. Pelatiah Everett was a Minuteman who may have fired the first shot in the American Revolution on Lexington Green on April 19, 1775. A collateral ancestor, my namesake Edward Everett, delivered the Gettysburg Address in 1863 (Lincoln also spoke). My great grandfather invented the folding chair, and my father helped invent and develop plastics and was been involved in the development of the Norden bombsight and the atomic bomb in World War II. .

[pullquote ]I refuse to allow someone whose ancestors recently arrived on this continent take advantage of what it had to offer to destroy what my ancestors have worked so hard to establish.

My family has been deeply invested in the birth and development of the United States of America to its present position as the most powerful nation on earth, and I refuse to allow someone whose ancestors recently arrived on this continent take advantage of what it had to offer to destroy what my ancestors have worked so hard to establish.

President Donald Trump's mother was born in Scotland; his grandparents on his father's side were born in Germany, and his father was conceived there; two of his wives were born in Eastern Europe, and one of his children married an Orthodox Jew whose grandparents were born in the former Soviet Union. How dare he treat immigrants to this country so callously. Immigrants are what made America great, and made him what he is.

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If you think that I am just a WASPY white guy complaining about what America is today, you could not be more wrong. My late wife was Irish-American, whose grandparents emigrated from the homeland, and my long-time Chinese-American partner after my wife's death was born in Taiwan and has a wonderful family, all born in the U.S., well educated and successful, with great children.

My twin daughters are married with wonderful families, and one is married to an Italian-American whose father was born in Canada, and a mother with Italian and Scottish heritage, and the other daughter is married to the American-born son of parents born in Peru and Bolivia. In addition, I have been Godfather since birth to a talented young black man whose parents are a Yale-educated lawyer and the first black woman to skate in the ice Capades. And he has two wonderful educated sisters embarking on great careers.

My extended family involves people from all over the world, humans of almost every race and religion, and I love them all. Donald, is your problem that the refugees from Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala attempting to escape the politics, gangsters and poverty of their home countries are not Germanic pasty white enough for you?

Do you not like the people from the "shithole" countries of Africa that you dump on because they are too black? Are you a pseudo-Nazi racist, Donnie Drumpf?

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Ted Vaill