On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that Donald Trump once more lowered the bar for acceptable things a president can say.
Trump met with lawmakers at the White House, who are trying to negotiate with him about immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and various African countries. The Trump administration recently announced that they're kicking out 200,000 El Salvadorians who came here following a devastating earthquake twenty years ago, many of whom have established families, including children who have been born and raised here. This will split parents from their children, and people from their homes.
Of course, Trump is seemingly unmoved by such an eventuality, and when confronted by advocates for taking a softer line on deportation, he reportedly said, "Why are we having all these people from s-hole countries come here?”
He then added, "Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out.”
If that wasn't clear enough, he also reportedly suggested we bring in more people from Norway. It's just as likely that immigrants from the made up country in Frozen would come to the U.S. as people from Norway. They're doing much better than us economically and they have healthcare.
This is all sickening, but at least we have people torching Trump on Twitter:
How curious that the "shithole" countries @realDonaldTrump identifies by name—Haiti and nations in Africa—are places with black populations. Even curiouser that the country he calls as an ideal source for new immigration is the Land of the Blond, Norway.https://t.co/0brGucdF2V pic.twitter.com/wj5mOItwAx— Jeff Yang (@originalspin) January 11, 2018
43% of immigrants from “shithole” African countries have a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 33% of the overall American population.— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) January 11, 2018
“Nigerian-Americans, for instance, have a median household income well above the American average.”https://t.co/Vmk3vkOLyd
Immigrants from countries across the globe - including and especially those from Haiti and all parts of Africa - have helped build this country. They should be welcomed and celebrated, not demeaned and insulted.— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) January 11, 2018
What Trump says in public is worse than 95% of what Nixon said in private.— Windsor Mann (@WindsorMann) January 11, 2018
Dear Haiti, El Salvador & the continent of Africa-— Scott Dworkin (@funder) January 12, 2018
The unhinged racist in the White House doesn’t represent us. We don’t believe your countries are shitholes. The only shithole is Trump’s mouth, with crap coming out of it daily.
Trump's "shithole" comments were as racists as the ones he said on June 16, 2015, calling Mexican immigrants "rapists" and criminals. But very few people paid attention to what we denounced in the Hispanic media back then. Now is too late.— JORGE RAMOS (@jorgeramosnews) January 12, 2018
“We denounce our family’s good name being used in a such a racist manner.” - Thomas Worthington Shithole III, of the Bridgehampton Shitholes— Bill Corbett (@BillCorbett) January 12, 2018
Why would people from Norway want to immigrate here? They have actual health care, and longer life expectancy.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) January 11, 2018
Norway has universal health care and FORTY-SIX WEEKS of paid parental leave. Why the hell would anyone living there give that up to move here?— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) January 11, 2018
On his CNN program Thursday night, Anderson Cooper dedicated time to especially address the president's comments about the people of Haiti. Cooper has spent considerable time reporting there. He became emotional discussing how Haitian citizens supported each other after the deadly earthquake eight years ago, the anniversary of which is Friday.
Cooper became emotional recounting how he saw children being rescued by their fellows citizens after the government failed to come through with rescue efforts, some of them trapped under rubble for an entire week. He wanted to share how strong the people of Haiti are in order to survive both disaster and government negligence, and that he has nothing but respect and admiration for their resilience.
Cooper also made a point to explicitly say what he thinks Trump's comments really mean.
"Perhaps the White House feels the president's remarks will be well-received in some parts of this country, among some parts of the president's base, and perhaps that is true but it doesn't make what he said any less ignorant or any less racist. Not racial. Not racially charged, racist. Let's not kid ourselves. Let's not pretend or dance around it. The sentiment the president expressed today is a racist sentiment," Cooper said.
Unfortunately, Cooper is correct to assume that the president's base likely agrees with his sentiments, and his staff is reportedly unconcerned with his remarks, according to CNN White House reporter Kaitlan Collins:
Staffers inside the White House aren't that worried about Trump's "shithole" remark -- with some predicting it will actually resonate with his base, not alienate it, much like his attacks on NFL players who kneel during the national anthem did.— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) January 11, 2018
Though he did deny making them on Friday in a series of tweets calling his language "tough" but not admitting to anything specifically:
The so-called bipartisan DACA deal presented yesterday to myself and a group of Republican Senators and Congressmen was a big step backwards. Wall was not properly funded, Chain & Lottery were made worse and USA would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
....countries which are doing badly. I want a merit based system of immigration and people who will help take our country to the next level. I want safety and security for our people. I want to stop the massive inflow of drugs. I want to fund our military, not do a Dem defund....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
....Because of the Democrats not being interested in life and safety, DACA has now taken a big step backwards. The Dems will threaten “shutdown,” but what they are really doing is shutting down our military, at a time we need it most. Get smart, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
Sadly, Democrats want to stop paying our troops and government workers in order to give a sweetheart deal, not a fair deal, for DACA. Take care of our Military, and our Country, FIRST!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said “take them out.” Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
Yeah, maybe he should record future meetings. I'm sure we would all enjoy hearing what he says when he forgets the tape is rolling.