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Ken Cuccinelli: Statue of Liberty Poem Was About ‘People Coming From Europe’

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Ken CuccinelliActing Director of Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli went a step further on Tuesday night by insisting that Emma Lazarus’ poem about America accepting the world’s poor and huddled masses only referred to Europeans.

Discussing the Trump administration’s new rule that would penalize legal immigrants who utilize government benefits such as food stamps, Cuccinelli suggested to NPR on Tuesday morning a Trumpian change to Lazarus’ words.

“They certainly are,” he said when asked if the poem was part of the American ethos. “Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet, and who will not become a public charge."

Appearing on CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront later Tuesday, the former Virginia attorney general was confronted over that moment, insisting to anchor Erin Burnett that it had been twisted by the left “all day.”

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