From the Access Hollywood tape to the “shithole countries” comment, the problem isn’t the words, it’s the ideas.
It was hardly surprising when the Washington Post reported Thursday that President Donald Trump had referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations as “shithole countries” in an Oval Office meeting.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump reportedly asked in a conversation about immigration with members of Congress.
Trump has denied making the remark (kind of), but it certainly fits right in with his history. After all, this is the president who kicked off his campaign by claiming that Mexico was sending “rapists” to the United States. He’s also the person who was caught on tape boasting that “when you’re a star,” women let you “grab them by the pussy.”
These comments have been excused by Trump’s supporters, and those excuses set the stage for comments like the “shithole” remark, as author and advocate Greg Hogben pointed out on Twitter:
When they normalized “grab them by the pussy” as locker room talk, it clearly told Trump there would be no consequences for anything he says. He called them “shithole countries” because he believes he can say whatever he wants, knowing the GOP will do *nothing* to confront him.
— Greg Hogben (@MyDaughtersArmy) January 12, 2018
Ever since Trump’s comments on the Access Hollywood tape became public in October 2016, his supporters have dismissed his remarks as merely vulgar, an unvarnished version of how other people talk every day. After all, Trump’s supporters have long heralded his ability to “tell it like it is.” But the problem with Trump’s speech isn’t the form, it’s the content, which is frequently racist, misogynist, or xenophobic. And what’s truly frightening about the “locker Read More Here