Donald Trump is no friend of foreigners, unless you’re a dictator from Russia, or a supermodel from Slovenia. I mean, remember when he peddled that idiotic conspiracy theory that Barack Obama was born in Kenya, not Hawaii? How about when he launched his presidential campaign by calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals?
Since he became president, he’s remained America’s racist grandpa, tweeting racist images, calling Senators racial slurs and attempting to «ban all Muslims» from entering the country. For someone who claims to be «the least racist person you’ve ever met,» he sure makes a lot of racially charged remarks.
Currently, Trump is negotiating with lawmakers over how to help «Dreamers» — young undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. The Obama-led Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — aka DACA — granted short-term passes to these 700,000 undocumented immigrants, so they could live and work without fear of deportation.
However, last September, Trump killed the program, for seemingly no reason. And now he says he won’t sign any legislation that helps dreamers unless it includes a plan to build his famous «wall.» (Even though it’s impossible, ineffective and ridiculously expensive — also, Mexico’s not paying for it!)
During today’s negotiations, some congressional lawmakers proposed granting visas to people from Haiti, El Salvador and African nations who are here on temporary protected status. That status has already been terminated for more than 200,000 immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and Nicaragua, who now have just a few months to decide whether they should leave or face deportation.
In response to this reasonable request that shows the basic minimum of human decency, Trump scoffed, asking «Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?» Then he suggested the U.S. «should have more people from places like Norway.» (White countries are good and brown countries are bad, apparently.)
Sources told The Washington Post about Trump’s remarks, and the comments were later confirmed by NBC News, BuzzFeed and CNN. But since it’s not being reported by Breitbart, InfoWars or a crazy skinhead waving a tiki torch, I’m sure his supporters will dismiss all of this as «fake news.» Sad!
White House press secretary Raj Shah responded with a typical jingoistic statement, that danced around the «shithole» remark. “Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries,» said Raj. «But President Trump will always fight for the American people.
He will always reject temporary, weak and dangerous stopgap measures that threaten the lives of hardworking Americans, and undercut immigrants who seek a better life in the United States through a legal pathway.» (Notice he doesn’t deny that Trump called certain countries «shitholes.»)
Democratic lawmakers and people who aren’t total jerks condemned the president’s «racist attitude.» Representative Bonnie Coleman called him a «cowardly racist who has no business being the President of the United States. Meanwhile, Elisa Massimino, the CEO of Human Rights First, called his remark «disgusting» and «shameful.», «Congress must not give in to this hateful, racist, and divisive narrative coming out of the White House,» wrote Elisa. «America is counting on you to defend human dignity by standing firm for our commitment to protect the persecuted.»
Hopefully one day someone will inform Donald Trump that America was founded as a nation of immigrants, and that, ironically, killing the DACA program makes us seem like a ‘shithole country.’