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Racism in America, v.2: A Racist in the Oval Office
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:54 pm    Post subject: The 'Sh*t hole Countries' Have One Thing Going For Them Reply with quote

The 'Sh*t hole Countries' Have One Thing Going For Them
The President's diarrhea-of-the-mouth resulted in his 'sh*thole' comment during a bipartisan meeting on immigration.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:56 pm    Post subject: Sen. Sanders: Trump's 'shit hole' comment appalling Reply with quote

Sen. Sanders: Trump's 'shit hole' comment appalling
Sen. Bernie Sanders responds to President Trump's comments referring to "shithole countries."


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:42 pm    Post subject: Trump: I didn't say 'Shit hole" Reply with quote

Trump: I didn't say 'Shit hole"
"President Donald Trump on Friday denied describing certain nations as "shit hole countries" during a meeting in which he rejected a bipartisan deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

He also denied demanding that Haitians be removed from negotiations about protected status for people from certain countries. "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!" Trump tweeted.

Trump's response Friday morning was particularly notable after White House spokesperson Raj Shah did not deny the "shit hole" remark on Thursday evening. And it prompted senators who were present at the meeting to answer questions Friday about their recollections of the startling remarks."



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:23 am    Post subject: Trump Denies Making 'Shit hole Countries' Slur Reply with quote

President Trump Denies Making 'Shit hole Countries' Slur
Even as senators confirmed the accuracy of reports about Trump's racist remarks about Haiti & African nations, the president denied those accounts.


If you want my opinion, the Republicans' response is shamefully weak. "Unhelpful", really? And a couple of them "do not recall" hearing this? Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:26 am    Post subject: No White House Denial Of Trump 'Shit hole Countries' Reply with quote

No White House Denial Of President Trump 'Shit hole Countries' Slur
An NBC News source confirmed earlier reports that while discussing immigration, Trump referred to African nations & Haiti as 'shit hole countries.'


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:08 am    Post subject: Trump’s Full List of ‘Racist’ Comments President Donal Reply with quote

Trump’s Full List of ‘Racist’ Comments About Immigrants, Muslims And Others
Christianna Silva, Newsweek•

President Donald Trump referred to immigrants from Haiti and African nations as coming from “shit hole countries,” according to a report by The Washington Post Thursday.

“Why are we having all these people from shit hole countries come here?” Trump said, according to the publication and others who attended the meeting. He later suggested that the U.S. should bring in more immigrants from countries like Norway.

He later added, "Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out," according to the Post.

This isn’t the first time the president has come under fire for comments about immigrants that critics have labeled as “racist.”

1. Donald Trump kicked off his 2016 presidential bid by disparaging Mexican immigrants.

“They are not our friend, believe me,” he said. “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

2. According to the New York Times, Trump said during a meeting in June that Haitians "all have AIDS." The White House vehemently denied the report.

3. During the same interview, Trump said that Nigerian immigrants wouldn’t ever “go back to their huts” in Africa.

In addition to immigrants, the president has also faced criticism for “racist” comments about people from other countries regardless of their immigration status.

1. In the same interview, Trump said that Afghanistan is a “terrorist haven.”

2. During the 2016 presidential election, Trump called out a gold star Muslim family, and insinuated that the mother wasn’t talking because she was Muslim.

“If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me,” Trump said in an interview with ABC News in July.

3. In May, Trump said that federal judge Gonzalo Curie couldn’t fairly hear the case because he’s Mexican. “We’re building a wall between here and Mexico. The answer is, he is giving us very unfair rulings — rulings that people can’t even believe,” he said.

4. Before his career as a politician, Trump allegedly wouldn’t rent to black people back in the 1970s. This led to his company being sued twice by the Justice Department for discrimination.

5. Trump retweeted an anti-Semitic meme.

6. He was called a racist in November after he said this to Navajo Code Talkers: “I just want to thank you because you're very, very special people. You were here long before any of us were here, although we have a representative in Congress who, they say, was here a long time ago. They call her ‘Pocahontas.’ But you know what, I like you because you are special. You are special people.”

7. Trump claimed that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.

8. When Trump addressed the Republican Jewish Coalition in December 2015, he called himself “a negotiator like you folks,” which many people said brought up Jewish stereotypes.

9. Trump once said, “Laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is, I believe that,” according to John R. O'Donnell, author of his 1991 book Trumped!

10.The president blamed “many sides” for neo-Nazi violence last year.

11. Trump retweeted anti-Muslim propaganda from a far-right British group last November.

12. During the 2016 presidential election, Trump pointed to a black man and said, “Look at my African American over there.”

13. He retweeted false statistics about white homicide victims after a black activist was kicked and punched by at one of his rallies in Alabama.

14. Trump asked African-American reporter April Ryan to set up a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus. Prior to this exchange, he said that many African Americans were "living in hell," in reference to conditions in inner cities, Politico reported.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:26 am    Post subject: Trump's Racist Comments Reply with quote

Only Trump could have said all those things and still be President of the United States. I'll never understand the Republicans, those with brains and education. Of course his base, the white supremacists and poor uneducated whites don't know any better. Pale sigh

4. Before his career as a politician, Trump allegedly wouldn’t rent to black people back in the 1970s. This led to his company being sued twice by the Justice Department for discrimination.

I remember during the campaign in 2016, when I said that Trump was a racist, UnMask retorted vehemently "He is not a racist!" Rolling Eyes

When I said that he wouldn't rent to black people, that in the rental papers there was something about "C" (I don't remember exactly what it was, but it was a directive for realtors not to rent to coloured people) - but UnMask insisted that "C" stood for something else (I don't remember what his argument was now...)

Anyway... No one can claim now that he's not a racist. one
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:44 am    Post subject: Africa Calls Trump Racist After 'Shit hole' Remark Reply with quote

Africa Calls Trump Racist After 'Shit hole' Remark
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JOHANNESBURG/LUSAKA, Jan 12 (Reuters) - African politicians and diplomats labeled U.S. President Donald Trump a racist on Friday after he was reported to have described some immigrants from Africa and Haiti as coming from “shit hole” countries.

Trump reportedly made the remarks at a White House meeting on immigration on Thursday and a U.S. senator who attended the gathering said on Friday that the president used “vile, vulgar” language, including repeatedly using the word “shit hole.”

Trump denied on Friday using such derogatory language, but he was widely condemned in many African countries and in Haiti and El Salvador, and by international rights organizations.

“Ours is not a shit hole country and neither is Haiti or any other country in distress,” Jessie Duarte, the deputy secretary general of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress told reporters at a news conference in East London.

“We would not deign to make comments as derogatory as that about any country that has any kind of socio-economic or other difficulties,” Duarte said, adding that much like their African counterparts, millions of U.S. citizens were affected by problems such as unemployment.

Botswana’s foreign ministry summoned the U.S. ambassador in protest and called the comments “highly irresponsible, reprehensible and racist.”

In a statement it said it had asked the U.S. government, through its ambassador, to “clarify” if the derogatory remark also applied to Botswana given that there were Botswana nationals living in the United States and others who wished to go there.

Senegal’s foreign ministry also called in the U.S. ambassador in Dakar to demonstrate its displeasure, a U.S. State Department official said.

The African Union (AU), an organization which promotes cooperation on the continent, said it was alarmed by Trump’s “very racist” comments.

“Given the historical reality of how African Americans arrived in the United States as slaves, and the United States being the biggest example of how a nation has been built by migration - for a statement like that to come is particularly upsetting,” AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo said.

The AU’s mission in Washington expressed its “infuriation, disappointment and outrage” at the comment and demanded a retraction as well as an apology.

In Haiti, on the eighth anniversary of a devastating earthquake that killed about 220,000 people, the government also summoned the top U.S. diplomat for an explanation, while the Haitian ambassador to Washington called for an apology.

“Haitians don’t deserve such treatment,” said Ambassador Paul Altidor. “Haitians should not be seen as a bunch of immigrants who come to the United States to exploit U.S. resources.”

Special status given to about 59,000 Haitian immigrants, that has protected them from deportation following the 2010 earthquake, will end next year following a Trump administration ruling last month.

El Salvador, also facing an end to protected status for its 200,000 citizens living in the United States, sent a formal letter of protest to the U.S. government over the comments.

El Salvador’s foreign ministry said the U.S. president had “implicitly” accepted the use of “harsh terms detrimental to the dignity of El Salvador and other countries.”


Since taking office a year ago, Trump has pursued controversial policies aimed at curbing immigration into the United States as part of a hard-line “America First” agenda.

Trump said on Twitter on Friday he merely used “tough” language when discussing a new immigration bill with a group of U.S. senators.

He said the bill was a step backwards because it would force the United States “to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly.”

The Trump administration has spoken little about how it wants to engage with African countries, focusing its foreign policy instead on issues like North Korea and Islamic State.

On the streets of Lusaka, capital of the southern African country of Zambia, Trump’s reported remark reinforced long-held views about the U.S. leader.

“Trump has always been a racist, only a racist can use such foul language,” said Nancy Mulenga, a student at the University of Zambia.

Retired Ethiopian long-distance runner Haile Gebrselasse, who won his first 10,000 Olympic gold medal in the U.S. city of Atlanta in 1996, told Reuters Trump’s comments did not reflect the views of all Americans.

The United Nations human rights office said it had no doubt Trump’s remarks were “racist,” while the Vatican newspaper branded them as “particularly harsh and offensive.”

“You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as ‘shitholes’, whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome,” said U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Colville.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:35 am    Post subject: 'It is a low point for our nation' Reply with quote

'It is a low point for our nation'
A bipartisan scolding followed the president's assertion that the United States shouldn't allow protections for immigrants from Africa and Haiti. 'This behavior is unacceptable' »

Reaction to Trump's comments on Africa and Haiti
[Associated Press]

President Donald Trump on Thursday questioned why the U.S. should allow more immigrants from "shit hole countries" after senators discussed revamping rules affecting entrants from Africa and Haiti, according to three people briefed on the conversation. A sampling of reaction to Trump's remark:
"President Trump's comments are yet another confirmation of his racially insensitive and ignorant views. It also reinforces the concerns that we hear every day, that the President's slogan Make America Great Again is really code for Make America White Again." — Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.
"I look forward to getting a more detailed explanation regarding the President's comments. Part of what makes America so special is that we welcome the best and brightest in the world, regardless of their country of origin." — Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.
Trump's comments are "unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation's values. This behavior is unacceptable from the leader of our nation." — Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, whose family came from Haiti.
"The United States' position as a moral leader throughout the world has been thoroughly damaged by the continuous lowbrow, callous and unfiltered racism repeatedly espoused by President Trump. His decision to use profanity to describe African, Central American and Caribbean countries is not only a low mark for this president, it is a low point for our nation." — Statement from the NAACP.
"President Trump has been consistently honest about the white nationalism behind his immigration policies. His latest salvo is directly contrary to the decision Congress made in 1965 to do away with the racist per-country quotas of the past and bring our immigration policies in line with the civil rights era." — Lorella Praeli, American Civil Liberties Union director of immigration policy and campaigns.
"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." — Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.
"We can now we say with 100% confidence that the President is a racist who does not share the values enshrined in our Constitution or Declaration of Independence." — Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill.
"He's demonstrated himself to be unfit, unknowledgeable about the history of this country and the history of contributions that immigrants, particularly Haitian immigrants, have made to this country." — Illinois state Sen. Kwame Raoul, whose Haitian parents who immigrated to the U.S. in the 1950s.
"He's trying to win me back." — Conservative commentator Ann Coulter.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:59 am    Post subject: Norwegians to Trump: 'We are not coming' Reply with quote

'Thanks, but no thanks' - Norwegians reject Trump's immigration offer
Many are rejecting the president's suggestion that they would be more welcome in the U.S. than immigrants from Haiti and African countries.
'We are not coming' »
By Terje Solsvik and Camilla Knudsen, Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - Many Norwegians rejected on Friday a suggestion by U.S. President Donald Trump that they would be more welcome to move to the United States than immigrants from "shit hole countries" such as Haiti or African nations.

The Nordic country, one of the richest in the world by GDP per capita, was last year named the happiest nation on the planet and is known for a cradle-to-grave welfare state funded in part by large reserves of oil and natural gas.

Trump mentioned Norway in derogatory comments about other countries of migration as U.S. senators briefed him on Thursday on a newly drafted bipartisan immigration bill, according to two sources who asked not to be identified.

One of the sources who was briefed on the conversation quoted him as saying: "Why do we want all these people from Africa here? They're shit hole countries ... We should have more people from Norway."

In one of several Twitter posts on Friday, Trump defended his stance on a bipartisan Senate immigration deal, but denied using the vulgar language ascribed to him.

"The language used by me at the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) meeting was tough, but this was not the language used," he said. He also later denied using derogatory language about Haitians.

"On behalf of Norway: Thanks, but no thanks," tweeted Torbjoern Saetre, a politician representing Norway's Conservative Party in a municipality near Oslo.

Others condemned the U.S. president's comments as inappropriate or racist.

"We are not coming. Cheers from Norway," one woman wrote.

While hundreds of thousands of Norwegians emigrated to the U.S. in the 19th century, just 502 out of a population of 5.3 million people moved there in 2016, down 59 from the previous year, according to Statistics Norway.

"Will there be more now?" the statistics agency asked in a tweet.

Government officials, seeking to deflect attention, turned down a chance to comment. "We respectfully decline the opportunity," one government official said when contacted by Reuters.

The reference to Norway may have been prompted by Prime Minister Erna Solberg who visited the White House on Wednesday when the president praised Norway for running a trade deficit with the United States and for buying U.S. military equipment.

Christian Christensen, an American professor of journalism at Stockholm University in neighboring Sweden, tweeted:

"Of course people from #Norway would love to move to a country where people are far more likely to be shot, live in poverty, get no healthcare because they're poor, get no paid parental leave or subsidized daycare and see fewer women in political power. #Shit hole"

Before the "shit hole" controversy, former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt tweeted that, judging by Solberg's visit, "keys to success with Trump is personal charm, a solid trade deficit with the U.S. and buying tons of U.S. military hardware."

Solberg, whose office also declined to comment on Trump's remarks, is expected to announce soon an expansion of her cabinet to include Norway's Liberal Party, a centrist group that favors strong environmental policies and more immigration.

"The first point of order in the new government declaration: Norway will still not be a shit hole country," tweeted Kjetil Alstadheim, the political editor of financial daily Dagens Naeringsliv.

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