David Dobrik's controversial comments about Trump have divided fans
26 February 2019, 16:57 | Updated: 26 February 2019, 17:06
David's comments on his podcast have sparked fierce debate
David was discussing Trump and what it is like having friends who are supporters. He says that although he feels "Trump isn't doing the best thing for people like me", he also feels that, "it never bothers me.. for one second" that he has close friends who are Trump supporters. Adding "who gives a fuck? Chill... I hate when people get mad at shit like that."
david dobrik?? not you... not you.. i- the white privilege jumped out.. pic.twitter.com/jZpq0mDDxc— JOAN OF ART (@umcornell) February 22, 2019
Criticism from fans seems to focus specifically around the fact that Dobrik is himself a DACA recipient - a group that President Trump is actively trying to deport.
Trump recently tried to use the deportations of DACA recipients as a negotiating chip to try and get his wall built. Fans questioned why David does not want to question a President that would willingly remove his own right to live in the US.
Is he not... an immigrant???— 🌈 madison (@madisonsroach) February 23, 2019
What is DACA?
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as 'DACA', is an American immigration policy.
It affects undocumented immigrants who entered the US before their 16th birthday and before mid-2007. Under DACA, these young people, sometimes referred to as 'Dreamers' are allowed to work in the US and have to apply every two years for permission to stay in the country.
There are about 800,000 'dreamers' in the US. Dreamers have to continually pay to maintain their status and have to pass a series of criteria (like not having a criminal record) before they are granted permission to stay. Most dreamers are in their early 20s or 30s.
As a Dreamer, Slovakian-born David Dobrik's status in the US is now in question, thanks to Trump killing off DACA. The only thing that has kept people like David in the country this long has been the US courts, which has been arguing against the Trump administration.
On 5th September 2017 David tweeted: "I paid $400,000 in taxes last year and all I got was a free trip back to Slovakia," alongside the hashtag #DefendDACA.
He also revealed that, at that time, Trump's decision on the programme has affected his ability to travel, he added that he would no longer be able to attend VidCon in Australia. Dreamers have been advised not to travel out of the country during that time.
I paid $400,000 in taxes last year and all I got was a free trip back to Slovakia#DefendDACA— DAVID DOBRIK (@DavidDobrik) September 5, 2017
I'm sorry to say I cannot attend Vidcon Australia, as of yesterday Trump has taken away all my travel privileges#DefendDACA— DAVID DOBRIK (@DavidDobrik) September 6, 2017
Fans accused him of hypocrisy on this point
how you gonna say you’re cool with people who supports the same man who is trying to tear your family, and families like yours apart? YOU, as an UNDOCUMENTED immigrant, should be against that. a mess.— JOAN OF ART (@umcornell) February 22, 2019
The only thing keeping David in America is DACA. And since is been defunded by THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, the literal only thing keeping him here are the courts because they have ruled that it’s unconstitutional to deport people that came here as children.— Londyn (@SadDimpleDerek) February 23, 2019
Oh really... well homeboy better be happy leaving if he ever gets deported since it’s not a problem to think like Trump, I’m sure his so called friends will be happy for him if he gets send back. pic.twitter.com/zWd8x24E1D— 🍒✨⚡️ (@rxy610) February 23, 2019
So what he’s saying is that if I don’t want to be friends with someone who supports Trump, I am in the wrong.— chase m (@chasketti) February 23, 2019
I’m trans. Anyone who supports Trump doesn’t respect me.
It’s not that they “have a different world view,” it’s that they genuinely feel I am inferior to them.
But others are defending David on the basis that he has the right and the freedom to say and believe what he wants.
He’s saying everyone has there own opinion and he don’t care to get outraged over politics. Some people just don’t care and that’s the way the world turns🤷🏼♀️— Kirstie✨ (@snakie888) February 23, 2019
I have friends who are trump supporters. They don’t go and bash on ANYTHING and I respect there own opinion. I love my friends so much still, although we disagree on those things we manage past it.— Miranda🥵 (@mirrandamarie) February 23, 2019
But what do you think? Do you agree with David, or do you feel his comments were misguided?