The Sh!tshow in Washington DC

According to the New York Times:

President Trump on Thursday balked at an immigration deal that would include protections for people from Haiti and some nations in Africa, demanding to know at a White House meeting why he should accept immigrants from “shithole countries” rather than from places like Norway, according to people with direct knowledge of the conversation.

Trump has sort of alleged that the paper’s report is inaccurate.  However, two Senators (one Democrat and one Republican) who were at the meeting say that it is accurate.

Representative Mia Love (R-Utah), whose parents were born in Haiti, issued a strong rebuke.  Calling for an apology:

The president’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.

The president must apologize to both the American people and the nations he so wantonly maligned.

Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), currently the leading Trump apologist in Washington DC, inexplicably stated that he would like a “more detailed explanation” of Trump’s comments. (Luckily, Utah won’t have to deal with the senator much longer, he is retiring from the Senate.)  Why didn’t he just support Love?

For those of us who understand what Trump was saying and don’t need a “more detailed explanation,” the president’s “shithole countries” statement is deeply offensive.  I spend 2 months each year in Africa, mostly in Uganda.  And the vast majority of Ugandan are wonderful people and gracious hosts.  I look forward to my time there.

I also travel to Peru frequently.  While there, my family and I stay with a Quechua (Native American) family.  The 2 families work together constructing playgrounds for pre- and elementary schools located in the high elevations above Cuzco.  Peruvians are wonderful people and their country is very beautiful.

Our Friends in Peru, the Cardenas-Torres family

But more than that, Trump’s comments are profoundly racist.  He’s okay with white immigrants (from Norway), but not with brown and black immigrants from Africa, El Salvador, and Haiti.  Trump term in office can’t end too soon.  Luckily Hatch is on the way out.  Hurrah, for Love.  And I’m a liberal Democrat.

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