The president has this week taken his hate parade overseas, attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, after his prospective attendance had been in question earlier in the week thanks to the three day federal government shutdown.
He’s proven to be anything but a globalist in the short time that he’s been in office, taking such moves as the recent one to slap tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines, something that stands to send domestic prices spiking and kill tens of thousands of American jobs.
Besides his economic policy moves, Trump has also spewed toxicity on the social front, parroting racist ideals at what seems like every opportunity. Infamous among the many examples of this is the president’s initial refusal to single out white nationalists for any special condemnation following a weekend of racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, that ended with three dead.
More recently, the president has been credibly alleged to have referred to nations including African countries as “shithole countries” during an immigration policy meeting at the White House, although he eventually offered a halfhearted denial of those reported remarks.
Even still, some attendees of the World Economic Forum have revealed to Quartz that they are planning on walking out of the president’s speech at the event in protest of the reported racist obscenities that he uttered.
The idea of making anti-racism voices heard in conjunction with the president’s remarks to the World Economic Forum was first, apparently, raised by Business Leadership South Africa CEO Bonang Mohale.
In an open letter last week to President Trump, Mohale wrote:
‘Rather than the laudable ethos upon which modern America is built, namely a nation of immigrants free to strive for excellence and success, regardless of their provenance, it appears you want to pull up the drawbridge for people who are not white, and engineer an exclusive, less diverse America… It is our hope, however, that your presence [in Davos] will help stimulate a debate that inspires commitment to a world premised on basic principles of humanity, inclusivity, respect, tolerance and forbearance.’
Mohale wrote that he and others would be boycotting the president’s address, but some Davos attendees have since come to the conclusion that “[l]eaving Trump’s speech after he starts is probably more powerful than boycotting it entirely.”
On the same day as Trump’s planned address to the World Economic Forum, the president will be meeting with African Union chairman and Rwandan president Paul Kagame in order to “reaffirm the US-Africa relationship and discuss shared priorities.”
As mentioned, the president has offered a halfhearted denial of having asserted that Africa is full of “shithole countries,” but there remain numerous insider interests who assert that he really did say what was reported.
In addition, the administration has taken steps against immigrants through their overwhelmingly negative approach to such issues as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, which protects hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants brought here as young children but which the administration has moved to end.
Debates over the future of DACA reached such an impasse that they were largely responsible for the recent government shutdown. The hundreds of thousands meant to be protected by the program still have their futures in question.
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