Tonight’s Grammy Awards were expected to be political, and they did not disappoint. Perhaps one of the most memorable moments, however, occurred surrounding U2’s pre-recorded performance in front of the Statue of Liberty.
As Bono and U2 were being introduced by singer Camila Cabello, she took the opportunity to praise America’s DREAMers, saying the performance would be aimed at “celebrating New York City and the promise that has drawn generations of immigrants here from around the world.”
The move was a swipe at Trump’s very notable disdain for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the recipients of which are commonly referred to as “DREAMers.” Those who benefit from DACA were brought into the United States as children; many know no life outside of this country and have spouses and children here. Trump has recently used the program as a bargaining chip for his deeply unpopular border wall.
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“Tonight, in this room full of music’s dreamers, we remember that this country was built by dreamers, for dreamers, chasing the American dream,” Cabello said. “I’m here on this stage tonight because just like the dreamers, my parents brought me to this country with nothing in their pockets but hope. They showed me what it means to work twice as hard and never give up,” the 20-year-old Havana-born singer said.
“And all I know is just like dreams, these kids can’t be forgotten and are worth fighting for,” Cabello added.
She then introduced U2, the frontman for which has been a vocal critic of Trump’s decision to end the DACA program. After a thrilling performance with the Statue of Liberty looming in the background, Bono, no stranger to theatrics, yelled into a megaphone, “Blessed are the shithole countries!” in a blatant swipe at Trump’s controversial “shithole countries” comment.
During an Oval Office meeting in which lawmakers suggested restoring protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and Africa, Trump lashed out at the prospect of enacting legislation for those who come from “shithole countries.”
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said while in a meeting with Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Durbin (D-IL), as well as those with hardline immigration stances, including Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), among others.
Trump may have tried to prey on the most vulnerable among us, but now our strongest have begun fighting back.
Watch the moment below: