Trump Doesn’t Want Immigrants From ‘Shithole’ Countries

In the event that you had any lingering doubts that President Donald Trump is a racist, it’s time to throw away that uncertainty. At a meeting discussing immigration with U.S. Senators, Trump referred to developing nations with brown-skinned citizens as “shithole countries,” according to multiple sources.

Forgive my language, as it is a direct quote, but please don’t forgive the president. Apparently, he was so frustrated with the U.S.’s lottery system that he demanded to know why other Americans would want people coming over from “shithole countries,” like Haiti, El Salvador and various African nations.

Certainly there’s a frightening lack of diplomacy in that comment. Given other sentiments he’s expressed in the past, it’d be hard not to read into the underlying bigotry, as well. Then Trump went and made the job of seeing his racism even easier: he asked senators why we couldn’t have more immigrants from places like Norway.

Ah, so it’s not that Trump is opposed to all immigration, just immigration from people who aren’t white. We hear you loud and clear, Mr. President.

Just before Christmas, a New York Times report emerged alleging that Trump had said people from Haiti “all have AIDS,” that Nigerians all live in huts and that Afghanistan is full of terrorists. Though the White House flatly denied the report, given Trump’s other colorful language to describe non-white foreigners, it certainly seems credible.

As for the shithole comment, the White House didn’t even bother to try to deny it this time around. Instead, the deputy press secretary issued a statement arguing, “Trump will always fight for the American people.” The statement also noted that the president wanted immigrants who “contribute” and can “assimilate.”

Beyond the glaring racism, Trump’s off-the-cuff remark revealed another aspect of his mentality: he wants successful immigrants only. His merit-based immigration plan is a slap in the face to a long history of the United States welcoming in people looking to increase their stature in life.

We shouldn’t be evaluating immigrants on the basis of what they can do for us. That may be how Trump looks at his own relationships, but the United States will never become great simply by stockpiling other nations’ best people. It’ll become great when the country welcomes people seeking economic stability and a chance at the American dream, and families fleeing violence seeking a new, safe home simply because it’s the right thing to do.

Besides, at this point, you probably couldn’t find anyone who would want to emigrate from Norway. Not only does it rank as the happiest country on the planet, but also three out of every four Norwegians consider Trump a threat to the world. Why, exactly, would any of them want to come to the United States, particularly right now?

Never forget that Trump ran a racist campaign and then went soft on white nationalists following violence in Charlottesville. His policies are tainted by the racist and classist biases he holds. He’s just showing more of his true colors by dismissing economically less advantaged countries.

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138 comments

Marie W
Marie W5 months ago

thanks for sharing

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Chrissie R
Chrissie R7 months ago

Thank you for posting your opinions.....

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Lisa M
Lisa M7 months ago

He belongs in a hole filled with shit. He would fit right in. Actually, he IS a heaping pile of shit so he would just have to look in the mirror. His filthy, stench-covered body belongs at least six feet under in a shit hole.

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Danuta Watola
Danuta W8 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Chrissie R
Chrissie R8 months ago

Thanks for posting.

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heather g
heather g10 months ago

Rather a vulgar racist, not so? Why the fascination with him???

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Dan Blossfeld
Dan Blossfeld10 months ago

This is really no change in practice. The U.S. has always restricted immigration from these countries. How many Haitian boats were intercepted and returned in the 90s? People are just upset that he acknowledged this practice, albeit rather vulgarly.

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Deborah W
Deborah W10 months ago

NEITHER DO I -- DO YOU? Much rather help draw them up to speed so they, as we, can more than survive.

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Eric Lees
Eric Lees10 months ago

We need to stop making countries into S*holes. Our intervention is a part of the reason why so many countries are a mess.

Let's try Peace for a change. Let's go back to being an example of Peace & Liberty to the world.

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Karen H
Karen H10 months ago

I love this tweet by George Takei:
“I am not a racist.” - D. Trump
“I am not a crook.” - R. Nixon
“I am not amused.” - G. Takei

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