Following President Donald Trump’s belligerent bashing of so-called “sh*thole countries” his community of supporters were quick to run to his aid and try to justify the comments.
Tomi Lahren, who hit the pinnacle of her fame in 2016 before being fired from the alt-right Blaze for her abortion comments, also joined in on the action to try to recapture the spotlight. On Twitter, she responded to the news with:
‘If they aren’t sh*thole countries, why don’t their citizens stay there? Let’s be honest. Call it like it is.’
If they aren’t shithole countries, why don’t their citizens stay there? Let’s be honest. Call it like it is.
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) January 12, 2018
She’s exercising a very similar argument to what many other Trump supporters have taken recently. For some reason or another, they seem to place little value on foreign affairs and international relationships and have little care about decorum or respectful conduct from the president of this country. Instead, they’re trying to applaud him for being blunt and speaking a truth they too believe.
See some of the extremely unfortunate evidence of that here:
Why are there so many people trying to flee their definitely-not-shithole countries ?
— Amanda Prestigiacomo (@AmandaPresto) January 12, 2018
??PATRIOTS! Did we spend 100s of years working hard 2 make America a magnificent, 1st world nation, only to then elect fools to open our borders to the 3rd world, give them OUR rights & benefits, and destroy our cities?
— COOPER ❤’s TRUMP (@S_Cooper0404) January 12, 2018
Like with everything with @realDonaldTrump , his “shithole” remark was purposeful. Just 2 days ago his followers were worried that he had caved on immigration, then he called a bunch of countries shitholes, and everyone feels better. And sure enough he nixed a bad DACA deal
— Stonewall Jackson (@1776Stonewall) January 12, 2018
That’s certainly enough to make one’s skin crawl.
Thankfully, people like Kevin Sieff of the Washington Post aren’t letting it slide. Sieff fired back in rapid response to Lahren, driving her back to the hole she came from:
‘Hey Tomi, Washington Post sh*thole bureau chief here. Love your foreign affairs reporting. Did you know there are 8.7 million Americans living overseas? Can’t imagine why they would leave home.’
Hey Tomi, Washington Post shithole bureau chief here. Love your foreign affairs reporting. Did you know there are 8.7 million Americans living overseas? Can’t imagine why they would leave home. https://t.co/Vazd6Ts3Pe
— Kevin Sieff (@ksieff) January 12, 2018
Tell her, Kevin! The degree of sarcasm and utter mockery in that Tweet was almost too awe-inspiring to bear. He managed to highlight her total willful disregard for the impact that his comments have on foreign affairs as a whole, her dismal lack of reporting skills, and her convoluted views, which lead her to have tunnel vision on the issue, rather than being able to picture the larger issue. Indeed, some 8.7 million Americans have chosen to take up a life in other countries, and that certainly won’t be a dwindling figure with President Donald Trump running the show. People move for a variety of reasons, choose to live in some countries over others for a variety of reasons, and to make the suggestion that entire countries are “sh*tholes” and that’s the reason for emigration is both remarkably false and devastatingly narrow-minded.
Perhaps someone should let President Trump know the value of these nations and their people in a way he can understand – in terms only of fiscal contributions:
‘Trump’s sh*thole countries are worth $46.6 billion in trade to America.’
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) January 12, 2018
Forty-six point six billion, folks. Now can everyone be on the same page about how devastating these comments are? Even if one is a racist or racist-sympathizer, one cannot be a racist as the president and not expect significant negative consequences to come to America as a result.
Got to love when these Republicans put their lack of intellect and understanding on full display. Keep on making fools of yourselves, it’ll only serve us well during the midterm elections in 2018 and for the 2020 presidential election.
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