Although there’s been confirmation from Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) that Donald Trump did, indeed, call countries such as Haiti and other African countries “sh*tholes,” Trump, of course, has denied the remarks. What he does claim is that he used tough language. However, he definitely did not say “sh*thole.”
‘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!’
Of course, you can take that with a grain of salt especially now as information is leaking from the White House that Trump really did say those things.
According to CNN, Trump spent the night calling up his buddies yucking it up over what he said and how the media was reacting to it. They reported:
‘… Trump spent Thursday evening making calls to friends and associated to gauge how they believed the “shithole countries” story was playing. One White House official told Collins that Trump’s calls amounted to a “victory lap.”‘
Honestly, his phone calls are really a metaphorical victory lap. Why? When you’re proud of yourself for doing something, you like to bring it up to the people around you to share and revel in the glory. It’s human nature. That’s what Trump was allegedly doing Thursday night.
It’s easy to imagine Trump sitting in the Oval Office calling up people going, “Yeah. Did you see what I said? I totally told them! The media is going nuts! I’m so awesome.” He loves to brag. He wouldn’t be able to control himself privately, at least.
Furthermore, the leak is just more proof that Trump is probably lying in his denial of the remarks. CNN noted that if Trump really had not made those remarks, the White House would have issued a “blanket denial.” Yet, they didn’t. Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah released a statement saying:
‘Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people.’
Additionally, CNN reported an anonymous source commented:
‘The President’s “shithole” remark is being received much differently inside of the White House than it is outside of it. Though this might enrage Washington, staffers predict the comment will resonate with his base, much like his attacks on NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem did not alienate it.’
In all reality, it’s more likely his base will love it rather than hate it. Trump was able to win the presidency even though he called Mexicans rapists, drug dealers, and bad hombres.
He still won the presidency after it was revealed he had admitted to grabbing women by the p*ssy with video evidence.
He still won despite implying Sen. John McCain (AZ) was not a war hero because he was a POW. Calling a few countries “sh*tholes” won’t do much to alienate his base considering they probably feel the same way about those countries.
The problem is they are taking the economic status and infrastructure of those countries and projecting it on the people from the country who have every bit of potential as anyone else in this entire world. The plight of a country is not a determining factor in the quality of a person.
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