President Trump grew frustrated with lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office when they floated restoring protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal, according to two people briefed on the meeting.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, according to these people, referring to African countries and Haiti. He then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries like Norway, whose prime minister he met Wednesday.
White House spokesman Raj Shah did not deny that Trump said this. Instead, he pivoted to talking about how great the president was. “Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,” Shah said in a statement.
Trump was immediately condemned all over social media and cable news for his “shithole” remark, of course, but we already knew what the president has in his head. This is a guy who started his presidential campaign calling Mexican “rapists,” implied a judge was treating him “unfairly” because the judge “is of Mexican heritage,” and rose to fame in the political world by leading the racist birther movement against Barack Obama. This is a man who has insisted that the Central Park Five—a group of black and Latino teenagers wrongfully convicted of raping a woman in 1989—were guilty, even though DNA evidence exonerated them. Going further back, his real estate company was accused of racist practices decades ago.
It’s not like the White House is changing Trump. Three weeks ago, the New York Times reported that the president said that Haitian immigrants “all have AIDS” in the same meeting where he supposedly said that Nigerians live in “huts.” The “shithole” remark might have shocked people, but it didn’t surprise anyone who has been paying attention.
I don’t know what else to say—just, Christ, Trump is an asshole.
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