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He is who we thought he was.

I suspect that the country of my origin is a “shithole” in the mind of America’s racist in chief. The man clearly has an issue with black and brown people—- especially those from Third World countries. He said as much to a room full of elected politicians, when he declared that he did not want people immigrating to this country from Central America, Haiti, and Africa.

“The comments came as senators huddled in the Oval Office with the president to discuss a path forward on an immigration deal. Trump questioned why the United States would want people from nations such as Haiti while he was being briefed on changes to the visa lottery system.

According to the aide, when the group came to discussing immigration from Africa, Trump asked why America would want immigrants from “all these shithole countries” and that the U.S. should have more people coming in from places like Norway. Thursday’s meeting came one day after Trump met with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the White House. “ [Source]

Give the man credit, he knows what his base wants to hear. I have said it a million times, and it is worth repeating: Donald trump became president because he was willing to play to white fears of the browning of America. His victory had nothing to do with “economic anxiety”.

The funny part of all this is watching folks in the majority population do their best Captain Renault impression. They are of course shocked to hear racist things come from the mouth of their president, and they are all embarrassed that they elected such a man. Give me a break! Clearly enough of them thought he would make a god president. Even with knowledge of his racist past.

The “shithole” country that I grew up in made me who I am, and I met and was influenced by some of the greatest people on earth. I did not grow up in a “hut” as the president believes, and I suspect that I had more of the creature comforts that life has to offer than most Americans.

I wish someone would educate the president about the black immigrants that come to this country from African countries and other countries that he considers shitholes. Black immigrants in this country, for instance, earn an average of 30% more than native blacks. These people tend to be educated, hard working, and they value their family and their freedom more than the typical American. And yet, our racist in chief chooses to denigrate and disparage them.

The irony of course is that he married an immigrant, and she herself might have come to this country illegally. But she looks more Norwegian than African so I guess she gets a pass.

The saddest part of all of this is that all those elected leaders who were present when he made his disgusting remarks chose to do and say nothing. To top it off the White House is doubling down on the president’s statements because they think it will play well for them politically.

Mia Love is a republican congresswoman from Utah, and she happens to be of Haitian decent. She issued a statement about trump’s racist comments.

Ms. Love, like the rest of us, knows that he will not apologize, and that weeks (or maybe even days) from now, we will be talking about the next equally outrageous or racist thing that he said. But I get it. She has hitched her wagon to the political party that supports this cretin, and as a result she has to show that that she has at least a shred of decency and can stand up to a man who insulted her family and her ancestors.

There will be more written statements of outrage, but nothing will change. America is stuck with this racist for at least the next three years, and we will try to stick our heads in the sand and pretend that this didn’t happen.

Sadly, we can’t to that. This is all too real.

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He is who we thought he was.