For the 274th time in his Presidency, Donald Trump has sunk to a new low.
We know, right?
We didn’t think it was possible at this point, either.
But the President was meeting with members of the Senate and Congress on Thursday, discussing the topic of immigration, when he asked point blank:
Why do we want all these people from shithole countries coming here?
The nations to which he was referring, according to various accounts that have NOT been disputed by the White House, were Haiti, El Savador and other places in Africa,
Trump has never exactly been a fan of foreigners.
Or of people with a darker complexion than he possesses.
Or of anyone who doesn’t bow down and view him as the Messiah, but that’s neither here nor there at the moment.
In response to the uproar over Trump’s statement, administration spokesman Raj Shah did not deny the coarse description used by his boss.
Quite the opposite: he basically defended it.
“Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,” said Shah.
Moreover, a source inside the White House told CNN that staffers are practically giddy Trump referred to these countries as such awful places because they think it will play well with his “base” of voters.
Yes, this is where we are as a country.
No member of Republican leadership in the House or Senate has come out and condemned Trump for his comment.
The Commander-in-Chief, meanwhile, tried to lie about making this remark in a string of Twitter vomit and word salad on Friday morning.
“The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used,” Trump explained, adding:
“What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA!”
Trump went on to say the Democrats wanted to shutdown the government and therefore the military… even though the military does NOT shut down when the government does.
And he also wrote:
Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for “peanuts,” only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars.
The Obama administration did not do this, however.
The George W. Bush administration did this.
But since when do such pesky things as “facts” matter, right?
On Thursday, a bipartisan group of senators announced they had reached an agreement on several immigration issues, including DACA and border security.
The President, though, doesn’t seem to be a fan of what they came up with because it’s not racist enough in his opinion.
In June of 2016, as first reported by The New York Times, Trump angrily decried how many immigrants from what he thought were less-desirable nations were still entering the country.
“Haiti had sent 15,000 people. They all have AIDS,” Trump allegedly complained at the time.
A few weeks ago, remember, Trump also said lots of very dumb stuff.
He says lots of dumb stuff all the time.
But this “shithole” insult may rank as his worst moment yet, considering how it encapsulates his racist side, his ignorant side and his ineffective side, in terms of Presidential leadership.
The African Union continental body told The Associated Press it was “frankly alarmed” by Trump’s comments.
“Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behavior and practice,” AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo said, adding:
“This is particularly surprising as the United States of America remains a global example of how migration gave birth to a nation built on strong values of diversity and opportunity.”
Then there was this, from United Nations human rights spokesman Rupert Colville:
“There is no other word one can use but ‘racist’…
“This isn’t just a story about vulgar language, it’s about opening the door to humanity’s worst side, about validating and encouraging racism and xenophobia.
“You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as ‘sh*tholes’, whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.