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As Trump calls Haiti and African nations "s***holes," we try to frame his racism

Amrit Singh

 // Jan 12, 2018

And on this day, newspapers around the world had to print the word "s***hole," without asterisks, because, that's the way THE PRESIDENT OF THIS COUNTRY speaks about people from countries where the skin is darker and the resources are less.

Is this surprising? If it is, you haven't been paying attention to this man's candidacy, his presidency, or the smoke signals from his younger days. But you don't even have to look that far back when it comes to Haiti: The White House had to deny Trump said that country's citizens "all have AIDS" just this past December.

The White House isn't even trying to deny this s-hole thing, though. "Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people," is all White House spokesperson Raj Shah said in a statement. [UPDATE: The President is now vaguely disowning the verbiage; in turn, Senator Durbin has publicly stated he was there and personally heard the obscene language "repeatedly" from the President.]

Trump's comments reportedly came on Thursday during a closed-door meeting in the Cabinet Room during which members of both parties were proposing policies to provide for the 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as children (i.e. Obama's DREAMers, essentially). When Trump learned immigrants from Haiti and some African countries would benefit from these proposals, he asked "Why do we want all these people from 's-hole countries' coming here?" Multiple sources who were in the room confirmed this account to the Washington Post and the New York Times.

To make sure he made his point clear, Trump went on to add that, rather than deal with these s***holes, the United States instead ought to admit more people from places like Norway.

Right, so. To the crux question, then: Is Trump a racist?

Since most of you already have your answer, this is aimed at the 30-ish percent of you in the approval polls who simply cannot bring yourself to think it.

Hi, 30-ish percent. Thanks for reading! Now, I know we aren't going to get anywhere on whether Trump is a racist. So let's not even worry about whether he's racist. Instead, let's pretend Trump is applying for a job. And the job's title is "Being A Racist."

Can we agree that Donald J. Trump has a sick resumé for this job? Here's a few points he could include, if he was really going for it: a) questioning whether our first black President was born in the United States, even after Mr. Obama produced his birth certificate; b) calling Mexicans rapists and criminals while announcing his candidacy for President; c) repeatedly ordering bans on Muslims entering the country; d) calling white nationalist protestors "some very fine people" in the wake of the Charlottesville killing of 2017; e) taking days to distance himself from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke's endorsement of his presidency; f) taking out an ad against the Central Park 5 in the '80s; and now, g) saying that immigrants hailing from Haiti and some African nations come from "shithole countries," adding in the same breath, that we ought to be preferring immigrants from countries like Norway.

For once, nobody could debate if Trump was qualified for a job.

In any event, as you can imagine, the media response to all of this has been resounding both in print and on TV. CNN's Don Lemmon opening his show with the words "The President of the United States is racist." Anderson Cooper said "Not racial. Not racially charged. Racist." The New York Daily News's cover chose an emoji turd to stand in for our obscenity-spewing Commander In Chief. Late night show hosts went in, too. While you collect your breath, we've collected all those bits, and they're here:

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