January 13th, 2018 – Michelle Obama once said that being president doesn’t change who you are, it reveals who you are. In related news, President Trump dominated the news cycle the past few days after asking, in an Oval Office bipartisan meeting about an upcoming immigration deal, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Lawmakers were discussing the idea of allowing people from Haiti, El Salvador and Africa to be given back temporary protected status when Trump questioned the thinking and added “Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out.”
As quickly as Mexicans became rapist and white supremacists became very fine people, “shithole countries” became the phrase of the day. Pundits gave their reactions, politicians gave their statements, Twitter gave outraged retweets, and CNN anchor Don Lemon gave a blunt opening monologue to his show.
“This is CNN Tonight. I’m Don Lemon. The president of the United States is racist. A lot of us already knew that,” he said. “Those comments are frankly, disgusting. But you know what, they’re not shocking, not even really surprising. Because this is who Donald Trump is. This is what he thinks. Apparently, we have to go through this repertoire every time he says something like this, or exhibits some racist behavior.”
Everyone went through the repertoire and had layers of reasoning behind whether or not they found the comments wrong. The use of the actual word “shithole” wasn’t the issue for some; they’ve already had to deal with “grab ’em by the pussy.” A main takeaway was that his use of the word revealed the bigger issue: “Focus people. It’s not about the word “shithole.” It’s about Trump saying we don’t want immigrants from black/brown majority countries like Haiti and El Salvador…but we do from majority white countries like Norway, Democrat strategist Zac Petkanas tweeted.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson, however, argued that President Trump actually said something that almost every person in America agrees with. His beef was with the dishonesty of people claiming that some countries clearly aren’t better than others.
As the serious political analysis continued, the much needed jokes swooped in and brought some laughs and a little perspective, too.
Most recently, the Trump DC hotel was graced with a bold projection.