Given the fact that almost a day has gone by with no denial, I – with great disgust and sadness – assume the reports are accurate and President Donald Trump told a group of congresspeople that countries like Haiti, El Salvador and African countries are shitholes.
Are they poor countries? Yes. Are they unindustrialized? Yes. Do they have uneducated populations? Most do.
But is that a reason to use gutter language and publicly demean them all? No. NO. That is not worthy of an immature 13 year old.
It is staggering that a President would characterize those countries in such a way under any circumstances, but most especially in a forum where it would undoubtedly be passed along to the media.
And given this wide-open an opportunity to unload on Mr. Trump, was there any doubt that you would get reactions like these, excerpted from Megan Cerullo’s article in the New York Daily News?
Social media erupted Thursday after President Trump slammed protections for immigrants from “s–thole countries” in the Caribbean and Africa, while some leaders chose to ignore his controversial remarks.
“Why are we having all these people from s–thole countries come here?” the President reportedly griped during an Oval Office meeting Thursday afternoon.
Advocacy group leaders called Trump’s comments “racist” but chose not to focus on his latest attack on immigrants.
“How does one even react to that?” said Ninaj Raoul, co-founder of Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees (HWHR,) told the Daily News Thursday.
However he said he was choosing not to pay too much attention to the insult.
“We are on a higher ground than that,” Dasque told the News.
He added that “someone might say the U.S. is a s–thole country, too.”
Mexican President Vicente Fox took aim at Trump on Twitter Thursday.
“.@realDonaldTrump, your mouth is the foulest s–thole in the world. With what authority do you proclaim who’s welcome in America and who’s not. America’s greatness is built on diversity, or have you forgotten your immigrant background, Donald?” he fumed.
U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland condemned Trump’s “unforgivable” statement, calling it a “demeaning of the office of the Presidency. I will always fight for the vulnerable among us and against bigotry in all its forms,” he said on Twitter.
Rep. Adam Schiff of California joined the chorus of lawmakers who denounced Trump’s remarks.
“It’s not often you can say this, but it would be better for our national security if the President of the United States watched cartoons every morning. (Or anything, for the matter, other than Fox News.)”
Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. said, “Once again, @POTUS has made a fool of himself & our nation on a worldwide stage. He’s showing his bigoted tendencies in ways that would make Archie Bunker blush. White House statement makes it even more obvious that this President needs some help — what a national disgrace!”
Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois also chimed in with a statement.
“We always knew that President Trump doesn’t like people from certain countries or people or certain colors. We can no we say with 100% confidence that the President is a racist who does not share the values enshrined in our Constitution or Declaration of Independence.”
I hope you’re enjoying what they are saying, Mr. Trump. Because you 100% brought it on yourself.
Now you can try to figure out how to undo the mess you’ve created.
But don’t bother taking too long. Because you can’t.