The Shameful Response to Trump’s ‘Shithole’ (Or ‘Shithouse’) Comment

Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), David Perdue (R-Georgia) and—under oath—Homeland Security Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen: They are bobbing, weaving, parsing and obfuscating at best. They are lying at worst. The amazing thing is, there isn’t a reasonable person on the planet who believes them. At some point, we have to realize that it doesn’t matter if the president said, “shithole” or “shithouse,” the response to it is bullsh*t.


{From left) Sen. David Perdue, Pres. Trump, Sen. Tom Cotton


As Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday put it, “The president basically said he’d rather have a janitor from Norway than a doctor from Haiti.” One would expect more from Sen. Cotton. He is a war hero as well as a Harvard Law School graduate. He is no doubt brilliant and brave which makes it all that more disappointing when his memory evolved over the course of a couple days. Sen. Perdue is another story. He comes from a wealthy family and spent his years in business for places like Sara Lee, Haggar Clothing and Dollar General.

Cotton and Perdue released a statement following the “immigration” meeting with the president saying they “can’t recall” if Trump said, “shithouse.” Then, by Sunday, they both recovered their memory to the point where they could say Trump did not use that word.

So someone is lying. Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) and Lindsey Graham (R-So. Carolina) say he definitely said, “shithole.” For emphasis, Graham point out his own “memory has not evolved” since the meeting.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen joined the I-don’t-recall chorus Tuesday when she was asked—under oath—if Trump used the words reported.



The dodging put New Jersey Sen. Corey Booker over the edge.



Shameful are the responses from House Speaker Paul Ryan—he said Trump’s language was “unfortunate.” Getting a parking ticket is unfortunate. Sending your car payment in late is unfortunate. Making blatantly racist statements is appalling, but telling.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided it was better to say nothing at all. That might be politically smart but it smacks of cowardice.

The fact is Trump has been all over the map when it comes to DACA, TPS and immigration. In the same (televised) meeting, Trump said he supported a clean DACA bill before he said it needed to be linked to the border wall (which apparently Mexico won’t pay for).

Let me say it: Donald Trump is a racist. Pure and simple. The comments about countries from which black and brown people come being “shitholes” is simply the latest. He was sued for discriminating against minorities in renting his properties. He reportedly remarked that all people in Haiti have AIDS; that people from Africa would never go back to their huts; that an Indiana-born judge couldn’t be fair because of his Mexican heritage.

No one is surprised by Trump’s latest manifestation as a racist. The shameful reality is that there is a sector (35 percent?) of Americans agree with him. Their support is only solidified with this last controversy.