President Trump referred to El Salvador, Haiti, and certain African nations as “shithole countries” this week in an immigration reform meeting with lawmakers, according to the Washington Post and the New York Times.
The responses to these reports have been negative. Very negative. The White House has done little to deny the story, and Republicans who were in the meeting have done nothing to disprove the allegations except to issue a weasely nondenial denial. As a consequence, the reactions to Trump’s remarks have grown angrier and angrier.
But now that we're coming up on the 24-hour mark in this news cycle, we can safely say that no one has responded to this story more angrily than CNN contributor and former CIA counterterrorism official Philip Mudd, who was so upset Thursday evening that he stopped making sense altogether.
Mudd joined with several CNN hosts that evening in saying the president’s reported remarks are irrefutable evidence that he is indeed a racist. At least, that is what we think Mudd was trying to say. It was all a bit … muddled.
“In one way, I’m proud,” the CNN analyst said in a discussion Thursday evening with host Don Lemon. “I am a proud shitholer. My family was called ‘wops’ and ‘mackerel eaters.’ I’m proud of that. We came when people from Ireland and Italy were seen as dirty people. Dirty Catholics who didn’t belong in a Protestant country."
OK, so he is standing up for all Haitians, El Salvadorans, and others by noting America has a history of assimilating equally poor immigrant groups.
But this about where Mudd stopped making sense and transformed, instead, into a breathing monolith of racial slurs.
“Let’s be clear: A white honkey from Norway can come here, but a black dude from Haiti can’t. what does that tell you in an America that one — that in one generation called you a nigger,” he said, looking directly at Lemon, who is black. “What does that tell you, Don? I can tell you that — what, what that tells a honkey like me, we’re no different than we were a generation ago. And we’re learning the same lessons that we learned when we called a Chinese man a ‘slant-eye,’ when we called a man from Guatemala a ‘spic’ and a ‘wetback,’ and we called a black man a ‘nigger’. That’s what it tells me. We’ve got a ways to learn.”
What are they teaching them at the CIA?
“Shitholers built this country 110 years ago,” Mudd said elsewhere. “They were called ‘slopers’ and ‘slant-eyes.’ Chinese people who built this country.”
Call us crazy, but we’re not sure the strongest and most effective response to the president’s remarks is to go on television and whip out a litany of slurs that you definitely have not been waiting to say on air.