The next time Mika Brzezinski is soaking in a view of the Fontaine de la Rotonde on one of her jaunts to the south of France, I hope she sends up a prayer for the "shithole" countries she skirted on the way there.
President Trump reportedly referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and other places you’d only want to visit in passing on a cruise line as “shithole countries,” and the whole national media acted as if they had to pause their Habitat for Humanity projects to share a cry.
The Washington Post reported Thursday that in a meeting with congressional leaders on immigration, Trump responded to questions about protecting immigrants from those countries by asking, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” He suggested people from Norway or Asia should be prioritized in getting admittance to the U.S.
Though the president denied using the reported language, choosing where your country accepts people from is no more controversial than choosing what foods you want to put in your body.
Given a choice between a steamed lobster tail and the puddles of paste that Ethiopian restaurants serve, I choose the lobster.
But CNN’s Anderson Cooper went on air to say how awful Trump is for calling Ethiopia a shithole. Cooper then continued to describe Ethiopia as, well, a shithole.
“[I]'ve never met a Haitian who isn't strong," Cooper said as he choked back tears. "You have to be to survive in a place where the government has often abandoned its people, where opportunities are few and where mother nature has punished the people far more than anyone should ever be punished."
CNN viewer: Wait, so, why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?
Later on Don Lemon’s show the always-hysterical Rick Wilson, an anti-Trump Republican strategist and cable news fixture, completely mischaracterized what Trump said.
“Your idea that these peoples should be bounded out of here because they happen to come from the ‘shithole’ country is absurdly un-American,” he said to conservative radio host and Trump supporter John Fredericks.
No one said anything about anyone being “bounded out of here.” According to the Post report, Trump simply questioned why an immigration bill should function as welfare for other countries with massive crime, drug, and poverty rates.
Wilson could have stopped at misrepresenting Trump’s perfectly logical point, but he went on to out himself as a likely racist.
“Are you cool with [white immigrants] coming here to take highly schooled and educated jobs from Americans?” he said. “Is that what you’re saying, or is it just that brown people who are willing to go and work in restaurant kitchens and hotels or on Trump golf courses are unacceptable to you?”
Someone tell Wilson that brown immigrants aren’t relegated to a life preparing his food.
Trump said some countries are shitholes. Wilson said: back off, those countries are fine, but by the way, where can I get one of their people to carry my bags?
Friday on MSNBC, “Morning Joe” regular Donny Deutsch said, “Our president is not only racist, is not only stupid, is not only imbalanced, he’s evil.”
Trump is “evil” for questioning immigration policy the same way a person is "evil" for climbing on an inflated lifeboat, nearly at full capacity, and wondering whether he should let the next woman in flats on or the other one in heels.
Maybe the boat will puncture and sink, and maybe it won’t. But shouldn't he consider that one of the women is in pointed stilettos?
Among the celebrities who said they would move if Trump won the election were: Chelsea Handler to Spain; Lena Dunham to Vancouver; Barbara Streisand to Australia or Canada; and Snoop Dogg to Canada.
Notice that none of them identified their final destinations as the slums of El Salvador.
Meanwhile, Trump supporters, who put him in office to deal with an immigration policy that functions as welfare, let out a sigh of relief that maybe he hasn’t forgotten about them.