President Trump calls them “s–thole countries” now, but there was a time when the U.S. was more than happy to welcome people from African nations.
So eager was our country to have these hard-working men and women on our shores that companies and landowners arranged for transportation to ferry them across the Atlantic.
“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,” Ebba Kalondo, a spokeswoman for the African Union, a coalition of African nations, told The Associated Press.
“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.”
It is hardly a surprise that Trump would harbor such racist feelings about Africa, Haiti and El Salvador.
We know that if it were geographically possible to build walls to keep out those immigrants, Trump would do that, too.
But what is alarming is that Trump feels empowered to spread such ignorance aloud in a room full of men and women who, like him, were elected to represent the American people, many of whom are from Haiti, El Salvador and nations in Africa.
But instead of holding his bigoted tongue and keeping his ignorance to himself, Trump shared his feelings to members of Congress, which is a problem, because instead of his comments being construed as the rantings of a maniacal madman, his views are dangerously close to becoming U.S. immigration policy.
“Why are we having all these people from s–thole countries come here?” Trump said, according to reports.
Trump, without a hint of contrition, tried in a tweet Friday morning to deny he ever made the remarks.
But Trump was called out by a man who was in the room, and went on the record, unlike the anonymous sources that Trump so abhors.
“To no surprise the President started tweeting this morning, denying that he used those words,” U.S. Sen Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told reporters.
“It is not true. He said those hateful things, and he said them repeatedly,
“I cannot believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any President has spoken the words that I personally heard our President speak yesterday.”
So, Trump is either a racist liar or a lying racist. Take your pick.
Either way, he is a dangerous man, who, instead of making America great again, runs the risk of turning the nation into the kind of country he describes.
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