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Racism in America, v.2: A Racist in the Oval Office
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:23 pm    Post subject: Racism in America, v.2: A Racist in the Oval Office Reply with quote

Satire from The Borowitz Report
Trump Demands Poem on Statue of Liberty Be Revised to Exclude Shit hole Countries

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Donald J. Trump demanded on Thursday that the poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty be revised immediately to exclude nations he considered “shit hole countries.”

Speaking to reporters, Trump said that the poem as it currently stands “is basically an open invitation that says, like, if you come from a shit hole country, welcome aboard.”

“I don’t know the entire poem, but it’s something like ‘Give us your tired, your poor, your yadda yadda yadda,’ ” he said. “We could keep all that but then put in, right at the end, in big letters, maybe, ‘except if you’re from a shit hole country.’ ”

“I think if a boat from a shithole country came and saw that poem with those words at the end, they would turn around and go right back to wherever they came from,” he said.

Shortly after Trump made his remarks about “shithole” countries, representatives of the countries he designated as such released a joint response.

“We do not understand President Trump’s aversion to so-called ‘shit hole countries,’ since he is doing his best to turn the United States into one,” the statement read.

https://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/trump-demands-poem-on-statue-of-liberty-be-revised-to-exclude-shithole-countries
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:31 pm    Post subject: A Racist in the Oval Office Reply with quote

Trump’s “Shithole” Comment Confirms That We Have a Racist in the Oval Office
For the past year, many have held back from applying the R-word to Donald Trump. After his comhttp://www.avenueviet.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=4ment about “shit hole countries,” however, the arguments for being reticent seem absurd.

A Racist in the Oval Office
By John Cassidy

Donald Trump grew up in a wealthy white enclave in Queens, and he first came to public attention in 1973, when the Justice Department sued his father’s real-estate company for refusing to rent apartments to people “because of race and color.” (Trump strongly denied the charges, which eventually led to a consent decree.) In the nineteen-eighties, when Trump owned casinos in Atlantic City, some of his managers got the strong impression that he didn’t like black employees. In a 2015 story about the faded resort town, my colleague Nick Paumgarten quoted a former busboy at the Trump Castle, who said, “When Donald and Ivana came to the casino, the bosses would order all the black people off the floor.”

In a 1991 book about his experiences running Trump Plaza, in Atlantic City, “Trumped! The Inside Story of the Real Donald Trump—His Cunning Rise and Spectacular Fall,” John R. O’Donnell, a veteran casino executive, recalled a conversation that he had with his boss about an employee in the Plaza’s finance department who happened to be African-American. I cited the passage last fall, after Trump attacked Myeshia Johnson, the widow of a black soldier in the U.S. Special Forces who was killed in Niger, but it is worth reproducing it now. (The quote below begins with Trump speaking about the black employee. The “I” at the start of the second paragraph is O’Donnell.)
    “Yeah, I never liked the guy. I don’t think he knows what the f*ck he’s doing. My accountants in New York are always complaining about him. He’s not responsive. And it isn’t funny. I’ve got black accountants at Trump Castle and at Trump Plaza. Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day. Those are the kind of people I want counting my money. Nobody else.”

    I couldn’t believe I was hearing this. But Donald went on, “Besides that, I’ve got to tell you something else. I think that the guy is lazy. And it’s probably not his fault because laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is. I believe that. It’s not anything they can control. . . . Don’t you agree?” He looked at me straight in the eye and waited for my reply.

    “Donald, you really shouldn’t say things like that to me or anybody else,” I said. “That is not the kind of image you want to project. We shouldn’t even be having this conversation, even if it’s the way you feel.”

    “Yeah, you’re right,” he said. “If anybody ever heard me say that . . . holy shit . . . I’d be in a lot of trouble. But I have to tell you, that’s the way I feel.”

Is there any doubt that Trump still holds these kinds of views? Even before his latest racial slur—it was reported on Thursday that he referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and certain nations in Africa as “shithole countries” during a meeting with lawmakers in the Oval Office—the answer was clear. During the 2016 Presidential campaign, Trump described Mexican immigrants as “in many cases criminals, rapists, drug dealers, etc.”; questioned the fitness of a U.S.-born federal judge by referring to him as “Mexican”; mocked the mother of a Pakistani-American war hero; and, for a time, refused to condemn David Duke, the former Klansman.

Since taking office, Trump hasn’t changed much, if at all. He has embarked on a public crusade against black football players who kneel during the national anthem, suggested that some of the neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, were “good people,” and boasted about calling Don Lemon, the African-American CNN host, “the dumbest man on television.” While some might try (lamely) to argue that Trump took some of these steps to rile up his disaffected white voting base, no such reasoning can be applied to his statements in internal meetings, where, according to a report in the Times, he has said that recent immigrants from Haiti “all have AIDS” and that immigrants from Nigeria, once they had seen the United States, would never “go back to their huts.”

Evidently, the subject of immigration brings out Trump’s inner Archie Bunker. His latest awful utterance—the “shithole” comment—came during a meeting with Republican and Democratic lawmakers who are trying to reach a deal to extend legal protections for Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. The deal being discussed would grant these protections while also including changes to the immigration system intended to attract conservative votes in Congress.

According to the Times (though it was the Washington Post’s Josh Dawsey who first broke the story), the Republican senator Lindsey Graham and the Democratic senator Dick Durbin presented Trump with a plan that would cut the current visa lottery program and reallocate some of those slots to immigrants from troubled places like Haiti, El Salvador, and a number of African nations whose citizens have been granted so-called Temporary Protected Status in the United States. The Administration has in recent months begun cancelling the protected status of several groups of immigrants—most recently, Salvadorans—and it seems that the mention of Haiti irked the President. When the discussion moved on to African countries, he reportedly said, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” And he added that the United States should admit more people from places like Norway.

Rather than denying that Trump had made these remarks, the White House press office dispatched Raj Shah, the principal deputy press secretary, who is Indian-American, to try to rationalize them. “The president will only accept an immigration deal that adequately addresses the visa lottery system and chain migration—two programs that hurt our economy and allow terrorists into our country,” Shah’s statement said. “Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation.”

In appearing to suggest that immigrants from places like El Salvador, Haiti, Liberia, and Sierra Leone couldn’t become productive and assimilated American citizens, the press-office statement demonstrated that deep racial prejudices extend beyond the Oval Office to other parts of the White House. For now, though, the focus should remain on the principal offender rather than his apologists.

On Friday morning, Trump tweeted, “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used.” In a subsequent tweet, he said, “Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country . . . Made up by Dems.” Neither of these tweets specifically addressed the reported use of the phrase “shithole countries.” Later in the morning, Senator Durbin told reporters that Trump said “things which were hate-filled, vile, and racist . . . You’ve seen the comments in the press; I’ve not read one of them that’s inaccurate.”

For the past year, Republicans, senior Democrats, and many media commentators have held back from applying the R-word to Trump. In some circumstances, there are good reasons for exercising such caution. Calling someone a bigot is not a step to take lightly. Often, it can shut down discourse and fuel animosity. With Trump, there is the added consideration that, as long as he’s the President, other politicians in Washington have little choice but to deal with him. Also, he runs his mouth so much that a lot of what comes out of it doesn’t merit serious consideration. After this latest outburst, however, the arguments for being reticent seem absurd. The obvious truth can no longer be avoided or sugarcoated: we have a racist in the Oval Office. (*)

https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/trump-shithole-comment-racist-in-the-oval-office

(*) So what else is new??
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:36 pm    Post subject: The “Shit hole Countries” Respond to Trump Reply with quote

The “Shit hole Countries”—and the Rest of the World—Respond to President Trump
By Robin Wright

President Trump’s credibility as a world leader has been, to borrow his vulgarity, shot to shit. With one word—just the latest in a string of slurs about other nations and peoples—he has demolished his ability to be taken seriously on the global stage. “There is no other word one can use but ‘racist,’ ” the spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights, Rupert Colville, said at a briefing in Geneva. “You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as ‘shitholes,’ whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome.”

On Friday morning, the President offered a tepid denial on Twitter, acknowledging that “tough” language was used in a White House meeting on immigration. Trump has so often glibly smeared other nations, however, that it almost doesn’t matter what “tough” word he used. He has a proven track record of bigotry. He has been quoted as saying that Nigerians will “never go back to their huts” once they visit America, that Africa sends its “worst of the worst” to the U.S., and that Haitian immigrants “all have AIDS.”

As I’ve found (to an embarrassing degree) over the past two years, many senior officials in foreign capitals and in embassies across Washington believe that he is simply articulating his intolerant and prejudiced world view. The White House signalled as much in its damage-control statement, on Thursday, explaining that the President wants to “make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation.”

Trump is now preparing to attend the World Economic Forum, a gathering of global leaders in politics and business, held annually in Davos, Switzerland. Many American allies have long been wary of the President’s “America First” framework. After his remarks this week, the danger is that his counterparts will also view his agenda as “White First”—not a viable strategy in a world that places growing value on racial diversity.

Trump’s world view is tragic for so many reasons. First, he’s just wrong on the basics. As the Republican pollster Frank Luntz tweeted, “43% of immigrants from ‘shithole’ African countries have a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 33% of the overall American population. Nigerian-Americans, for instance, have a median household income well above the American average.” Our own capital is rich with industrious Ethiopians (so many that there are direct flights from Washington to Addis Ababa). After English, the words I use the most in Washington (from a limited vocabulary) are Amharic.

Trump’s bigoted world view also ignores history, indicating once again that the President knows little about America’s own past. As Ebba Kalondo, the African Union spokeswoman, noted on Friday, “Considering the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the U.S. during the Atlantic slave trade, this flies in the face of all accepted behavior and practice.” Criticism came not only from Africa. David Miliband, the former British Foreign Secretary and the current president of the International Rescue Committee, tweeted in astonishment, “Trump Administration leading a race to the bottom on refugees and immigrants that is a betrayal of America’s future as well as of its history. These are PEOPLE.”

Africa is home to 1.2 billion people and more than fifty countries. A whole continent can’t simply be stereotyped or dismissed. A cursory glance of Africa’s achievements includes Nobel Prizes in medicine, chemistry, physics, literature, and peace. (That’s one award Donald Trump will surely never win.) Africa is home to some of the world’s fastest-growing economies. Nigeria has built a vibrant film industry. South Africa’s peaceful transition from apartheid is a model for nations worldwide. Egypt includes a quarter of the Arab world’s population. Rwanda, once ravaged by genocide, is today a model for gender equality in politics: the East African nation has the world’s highest percentage of female lawmakers—more than sixty per cent. (As of last month, the United States ranked ninety-ninth among a hundred and ninety-three countries, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union.)

Having strong alliances with African nations is also crucial to Trump’s national-security challenges. Africa’s security means American security, too. With the collapse of the Islamic State’s caliphate in Syria and Iraq, several hotbeds of jihadi extremism are in Libya, Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, and Somalia. With the support of African nations, the United States has deployed Special Forces and bombed extremists to deal with dangerous cells. And, by the way, roughly one out of every three women and one out of every five men in the U.S. military are African-American.

Finally, the President’s coarse language will make it harder to make gains in his diplomatic agenda worldwide. Pity American diplomats, especially in non-white countries. The top U.S. envoy in Botswana was summoned to clarify whether the southern African nation is considered a shithole country, the Washington Post reported.

Perhaps the ultimate irony is that Trump’s own ancestors came from Africa, as did all mankind. In the book and documentary “The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey,” the geneticist and anthropologist Spencer Wells traces the human migration out of Africa. He travelled the world for a decade to trace genetic markers by taking blood samples—from Bushmen in the sweltering Kalahari Desert and the Chukchi in icy Siberia to the Hopi in the American West—to prove the trail of the human migration. Wells concludes, “Old concepts of race are not only socially divisive but scientifically wrong.”

https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/the-shithole-countriesand-the-rest-of-the-worldrespond-to-president-trump?reload=true

See also "Donald Trump Compounds His “Shit hole Countries” Bigotry with Lies" in the Pinocchio thread.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:02 pm    Post subject: Trump Now Denies ‘Sh*t hole’ Remark Reply with quote

Trump Now Denies ‘Sh*t hole’ Remark

During yet another early-morning tweetstorm, President Trump appears to be denying at least part of the The Washington Post story that claimed he privately disparaged El Salvador, Haiti, and those in Africa as “shit hole countries.” He wrote Friday, “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!” Initially on Thursday, the White House did not deny that Trump made the inflammatory remark. Spokesman Raj Shah said, “Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people.” [(!!!) No comment!]
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:08 pm    Post subject: Haiti Summons U.S. Official Over ‘Sh*t hole’ Comment Reply with quote

Haiti Summons U.S. Official Over Trump’s ‘Sh*t hole’ Comments

Haiti’s ambassador to the United States has summoned a U.S. official to explain President Trump’s reported comments condemning the country as a “shithole.” Trump reportedly made the remarks to lawmakers Thursday, questioning why a bipartisan immigration bill offerED protections to immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations—all of which he is said to have called “shithole countries.” Journalist Yamiche Alcindor said on MSNBC late Thursday that Paul Altidor, Haiti’s ambassador, told her the Haitian government was taking formal steps to make its outrage over the comments known. “Haitians fought along U.S. soldiers in the Revolutionary War and we continue to be great contributors to American society,” Alcindor quoted Altidor as saying. Altidor also said he believes Trump’s disparaging comments are “based on stereotypes.” “Either the president has been misinformed or he is miseducated,” he said.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/haiti-formally-seeks-explanation-trump-s-thole-remark-article-1.3752436?via=newsletter&source=CSAMedition

I also hear, by way of excuse and explanation, that Trump is "not racist, but racially uneducated" Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:24 pm    Post subject: Trump's Shameful New Statements On African Countries Reply with quote

Anderson Cooper Gets Emotional Reacting To Trump's Shameful New Statements On African Countries

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:33 pm    Post subject: Trump 'Shit hole' Comment: 'Hating Is What He Does' Reply with quote

Trump 'Shit hole' Comment: 'Hating Is What He Does'
In a meeting on immigration reform at the White House, the president called Haiti & African nations 'sh*thole' countries. Lawrence O'Donnell has a message for lawmakers: If you make a deal with the devil, you can't be surprised to hear him sounding like the devil.

https://youtu.be/BpM8PQoEbxQ


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:37 pm    Post subject: NO Difference Between SH*THOLER and the N-word Reply with quote

NO Difference Between SH*THOLER and the N-word. Phil Destroy Right Winger Trump Defense

Moments after the news broke that President Donald Trump said he didn’t want immigrants coming to the United States from “sh*thole countries” like Haiti and African countries, former CIA officer turned political commentator Phil Mudd took to the airwaves to denounce the president.

As the night wore on with far-right commentators working diligently as apologists for the West Wing, Mudd returned to fight back.

“I’m not surprised,” Mudd confessed to Lemon. “In one way, I’m proud. I am a proud sh*tholer. My family was called Wops and mackerel-eaters. I’m proud of that. We came when with people from Ireland when they were seen as dirty people. Dirty Catholics who didn’t belong in a Protestant country.”

He went on to say that it was “sh*tholers that built this country,” he explained they were called “slopers and slant eyes. Chinese people who built this country. Sh*tholers from Japanese internment camps as American citizens and that’s the legacy we bare shame for.”

These immigrants escaped Guatemala and El Salvador, Mudd explained. He said that he worked for a sh*tholer who protected the country after 9/11.

“George Tenent [former Director of Central Intelligence for the United States Central Intelligence Agency] is a first generation Greek,” Mudd continued. “I guess he’s a sh*tholer.”

He named off famous patriotic leaders, famous baseball players and heroes. WATCH.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:46 pm    Post subject: The Most Racist Thing Trump Ever Said? Reply with quote

The Most Racist Thing Trump Ever Said?
This might be the most racist thing he’s ever said, and that says a lot.

https://youtu.be/g3qSw64ZNZM


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:51 pm    Post subject: Trump Calls Non-White Countries "S**tholes" Reply with quote

Trump Calls Non-White Countries "S**tholes"
During a White House meeting on immigration, President Trump questions why people from "s**thole countries" like Haiti and African nations are allowed to come to the U.S.

https://youtu.be/OQkfDJ2zVNo


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