During an immigration meeting with lawmakers Thursday, President Trump passed a remark that has echoed around the world. He said, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?”
“Trump was pushing back against a suggestion that the US restore protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries — and instead said America should be bringing in more people from countries like Norway.”
This was after “Trump reportedly told a previous Oval Office meeting that Haitians ‘all have AIDS’ and that Nigerian immigrants would never ‘go back to their huts’ if allowed into the US — although the White House strenuously denied that report.”
Columnist Michael Goodwin thinks Donald Trump may be digging himself into a ‘shithole’:
As President Trump nears his first anniversary in office, he faces an unforgiving political landscape. Every word he says and every action he takes will either help him keep a Republican Congress or hand control to Democrats.
And if Dems get the gavel, impeachment could be the result.
This is the binary world Trump inhabits, and seen through that lens, the uproar over the president’s disparaging remarks about Haiti and other poor countries helps Dems in their goal of hobbling if not ending his presidency.
Despite his denial that he used the words “shithole countries,” most of the media instantly branded him a racist. After a few days of saturation coverage, polls will show a disapproving public and the ritual beatdown will be complete.
Then we’ll be on to the next crisis because this is life with Trump in the White House. He and we are always on the razor’s edge because that’s who he is.
That’s been the pattern for a year, and the president has managed to keep his head above water. But past performance is not a guarantee of future results — especially in an election year when passions against him are already overheating.
Notwithstanding a generally hostile media, Trump — more often than not, it seems — is his own worst enemy:
Yet while a biased media hyperventilating is no virtue, Trump’s great flaw is that he keeps giving them ammunition. One minute he’s riding high, the next he’s running for his life.
The “shitthole” storm is a perfect case in point.