It’s not that the president of the United States used a vulgarity. It’s the abject, rank racism of what he said. And even worse, the comment will actually help him with his “base.” It doesn’t matter if 43 percent of immigrants from “shithole” African countries have a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 33 percent of the overall American population (and probably much lower among Trump voters, “I love the uneducated!”). It’s that the divide and conquer president will actually benefit from all this.
The White House at first didn’t deny the comments. It took until this morning for Trump to lie about it—both Democrats and Republicans confirm he said it. But the blanket statement is a slap in the face to all the immigrants from these countries who are making a meaningful contribution to this country.
Twitter was very telling, as laid out by the Washington Post…
From the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol:
Two weeks ago a 26-year old soldier raced repeatedly into a burning Bronx apartment building, saving four people before he died in the flames. His name was Pvt. Emmanuel Mensah and he immigrated from Ghana, a country Donald Trump apparently thinks produces very subpar immigrants.
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) January 12, 2018
From conservative commentator Erick Erickson:
So the President would prefer we allow Norwegian socialists with no special love of America into the country, but not the Ghanan who will work his ass off with a grand appreciation for our free market system and raise his kids to be proud Americans.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) January 11, 2018
From activist and restaurateur Jose Antonio Vargas:
Immigration + Trump Administration = Make America White Again
* Mexicans as “rapists”
* Syrian refugees could be “ISIS-affiliated”
* Haitians immigrants “all have AIDS”
* Nigerians will “never go back to their huts”
* “shithole counties” like Haiti and those in Africa
— Jose Antonio Vargas (@joseiswriting) January 12, 2018
From a writer for The New Yorker:
this is the irreducible poison at the core of Trump’s politics, the deadly essence of the birtherism that launched him & the voter disenfranchisement by which he hopes to hang on: his bedrock conviction that a non-white person is shithole person and cannot be a legit American
— Philip Gourevitch (@PGourevitch) January 11, 2018
From a Washington Post editor:
This has been an extraordinary day for headlines. pic.twitter.com/Gas7gShyFA
— Andrew deGrandpre (@adegrandpre) January 11, 2018