Trump's Acting Immigration Director Compares Statue of Liberty to Tucker Carlson's Face

Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli made a bizarre comparison between the Statue of Liberty and Fox News pundit Tucker Carlson.

Cuccinelli posted a follow-up set of pictures about the homemade Statue of Liberty his office was sent earlier this month. Critics sent the top Trump administration immigration official the amateur Lady Liberty earlier this month after he controversially re-imagined the famous Emma Lazarus poem inscribed on the statue. Despite critics saying the "Statue of Liberty is weeping" after Cuccinelli's revised the poem's words with anti-immigration rhetoric, he one-upped himself this week and compared Lady Liberty's face to that of Fox News' Carlson.

"Some people think cable-king@TuckerCarlson looks a lot like Lady Liberty... what do you think?" Cuccinelli asked his followers from his official government office Twitter account.

Some people think cable-king @TuckerCarlson looks a lot like Lady Liberty... what do you think?

— USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli (@USCISCuccinelli) August 28, 2019

Cuccinelli's quip and comparison between the Trump-friendly Fox News host and Lady Liberty showed a side-by-side comparison between the nearly chinless rendition of the statue and Carlson's notoriously dumbfounded facial expression.

Cuccinelli, who has appeared on Carlson's Fox News program in the past, has taken a series of pictures of himself alongside the Statue of Liberty in an apparent attempt to troll those who sent him the artistic rendition. The top U.S. immigration official even zoomed in and took a picture of the statue which appears taller than Cuccinelli himself.

"Remember when we got our own statue of liberty 2 wks ago? Well it's now our newest office decoration! U can see her in the window; plus a little selfie with me and Lady Liberty... and you can share her view of the Old Post Office, Union Station, The Dubliner & The Irish Times!"Wow. Pretty demanding... check out some of the quotes."

In early August, Cuccinelli tweaked the inscribed "The New Colossus" poem from its original words which includes the line, Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." His 2019 update incorporated the Trump administration's hardline stances against undocumented migrants and immigrants who break U.S. laws.

"They certainly are: 'Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge,'" he told an NPR reporter. "That plaque was put on the Statue of Liberty at almost the same time as the first public charge was passed -- very interesting timing."

When later pressed on his revising of the Statue of Liberty poem, Cuccinelli doubled down and said the words referred only to migrants coming from Europe -- a claim which drew wide ridicule given his own Italian-Irish ancestry. Cuccinelli accused CNN's Erin Burnett and other members of the news media of "twisting" his words to fit what he described as an anti-Trump agenda.

Cuccinelli has reiterated that his changing of the poem's words were meant to reflect the idea that "self-sufficiency has been a core tenet of the American dream."

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Acting Director for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli trolled his critics and compared Lady Liberty to Fox News' Tucker Carlson. Screenshot: Ken Cuccinelli | Twitter