Elder Patriot – “Mr. President, Mr. President, are you a racist?” That was the best the mainstream media could muster in response to President Trump raising a question as to why our immigration policies aren’t aimed at elevating our country.
According to a report from Reuters:
“President Donald Trump on Thursday questioned why the United States would want to have immigrants from Haiti and African nations, referring to some as “shithole countries,” according to two sources familiar with the comments.”
This was reportedly said in a closed-door session with senators in the early stages of negotiating DACA and immigration reforms.
Whether Trump actually used that word is the subject of some contention but does that really matter? Had Obama used that term to describe these countries while making a plea for increased foreign aid to them or to justify increased migration from those areas he would have been lauded for being so bold.
The outrage claiming that President Trump is racist because he asked, “Why do we want all these people from Africa here? They’re shithole countries … We should have more people from Norway,” is itself racist.
Trump’s statement was construed to show that he is a racist when in fact he was pointing to Norway because it has the highest standard of living in the world.
And, according to travel advisories from the State Department, travelers should “reconsider” going to Haiti “due to crime and civil unrest.”
“Violent crime, such as armed robbery, is common,” warns the State Dept. “Local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents or emergencies.”
“Protests, tire burning, and road blockages are frequent and often spontaneous.”
Warnings from Foggy Bottom regarding travel to some African nations can be downright scary:
“Do not travel to Central African Republic (CAR) due to crime and civil unrest. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, aggravated battery, and homicide, is common.”
“Large areas of the country are controlled by armed groups who regularly kidnap, injure, and/or kill civilians. In the event of unrest, airport, land border, and road closures may occur with little or no notice.”
Other African countries can be even worse. If the wording the State Department uses matters, Somalia may be an even worse place:
“Terrorists continue to plot kidnappings, bombings, and other attacks in Somalia. They may attack with little or no warning, targeting airports and seaports, government buildings, hotels, restaurants, shopping areas, and other areas where large crowds gather and Westerners frequent, as well as government, military, and Western convoys.”
“Pirates are active in the waters off the Horn of Africa, especially in the international waters near Somalia.”
Perhaps the term shithole hit too close to home for Democrats whose policies have turned large swaths of our major cities into similar hellholes.
The term may be considered vulgar slang but it is recognized by the Oxford dictionary as “An extremely dirty, shabby, or otherwise unpleasant place.”
As to the use of foul language, Trump was talking to a group of hardened adults, when and if he used the term shithole.
Obama is on record using expletives gratuitously in his book Dreams From My Father:
“(Unintelligible) my (bleep) (bleep). Buy your own damn fries. Now you know that guy ain’t (bleep). Sorry, that mother (bleep) got nothing on me, right? Nothing. There are white folks, and then ignorant mother (bleep) like you.”
The sad fact is many countries are shitholes and presidents from Clinton to Obama did nothing to alleviate the suffering of their residents. Ridiculing President Trump for calling a spade a spade is counterproductive and immature.