David Dobrik's controversial comments about Trump have divided fans

26 February 2019, 16:57 | Updated: 26 February 2019, 17:06

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David's comments on his podcast have sparked fierce debate

David Dobrik has angered some fans due to some comments he made about President Trump on his podcast 'Views'.

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."

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.

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.

Fans accused him of hypocrisy on this point

But others are defending David on the basis that he has the right and the freedom to say and believe what he wants.

But what do you think? Do you agree with David, or do you feel his comments were misguided?