On Thursday, press reports came out that during a meeting on immigration policy at the White House, the president had referred to nations including Haiti, El Salvador, and some African countries as “shithole countries.”
You’d think that while responding to reports about these comments that the president would try and stay away from actually lobbing additional attacks at the countries in question, but lo and behold, such was not the case. Alternatively, perhaps the president did try to be “not racist” while responding to the reports, but it’s THAT hard for him to be decent.
On Friday morning — after having taken his sweet time to actually respond to the controversy — Trump took to Twitter to claim that he hadn’t called Haiti and other nations “shithole countries.”
He wasn’t very convincing.
Addressing his specifically reported comments about Haiti at one point Friday morning, Trump wrote on Twitter:
‘Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said “take them out.” Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!’
Trump’s singling out of Haiti here is prompted by reports of him having quipped that Haitians should be taken “out” of any immigration policy deal.
What exactly, though, is the point of calling Haiti “obviously very poor and troubled”?
The United States has its own troubles and there are certainly large swaths of the population that are “very poor.” However, these qualities don’t warrant the dismissal of the United States as irrelevant or made up of subhumans, as Trump approaches doing here with his arrogant comments against Haiti.
Can he not keep himself from saying something racist for long enough to type out a series of tweets? Maybe if he wanted us to believe his denial of having used the specific language reported, then he should have refrained from attacking the countries in question for at least a little bit.