It’s Not the Vulgar Word, It’s the Vulgarity of Racism and Its Acceptance


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:



From conservative commentator Erick Erickson:



From activist and restaurateur Jose Antonio Vargas:



From a writer for The New Yorker:



From a Washington Post editor: