Verbal Diarrhea or Tough Talk? Internet Explodes After President's Alleged Shithole Comment
Shithole or no shithole?
It's a question being asked time and time again in many different ways after anonymous sources told several media outlets that President Donald Trump used it Thursday.
The context? The anonymous sources say Trump questioned why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway.
The comment came after he rejected an bipartisan compromise immigration deal presented to him by two senators. The deal would extend protections against deportation for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants — and also strengthen border protections, as Trump wanted.
It's a comment Trump denied making in a series of Tweets on Friday morning.
The so-called bipartisan DACA deal presented yesterday to myself and a group of Republican Senators and Congressmen was a big step backwards. Wall was not properly funded, Chain & Lottery were made worse and USA would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
....countries which are doing badly. I want a merit based system of immigration and people who will help take our country to the next level. I want safety and security for our people. I want to stop the massive inflow of drugs. I want to fund our military, not do a Dem defund....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
....Because of the Democrats not being interested in life and safety, DACA has now taken a big step backwards. The Dems will threaten “shutdown,” but what they are really doing is shutting down our military, at a time we need it most. Get smart, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
Sadly, Democrats want to stop paying our troops and government workers in order to give a sweetheart deal, not a fair deal, for DACA. Take care of our Military, and our Country, FIRST!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
The comment spurred the hashtag #shithole and prompted several others to trend on Twitter, including #Haiti, #Africa and #FixTrumpIn5Words. #Shithole is not trending itself, but that's because the company uses filters to keep hashtags with curse words from trending, according to industry blogs.
The reaction ranged from backlash to support to bashing the U.S. as well as a flurry of media outlets questioning how to spell the word properly and whether it could be used on air without facing fines.
Every single person has, at some point, referred to a “#shithole country,” understanding it was not bashing all immigrants from that country or all people living there.— Ryan Mauro (@ryanmauro) January 12, 2018
If you claim you haven’t, you’re lying.
STOP BEING #TRIGGERED OVER EVERYTHING! It’s bad for your health!
Calling out #Shithole countries is exactly why Trump won— ⚔️Drain The Swamp™️ (@BigStick2013) January 12, 2018
Why do we take them? Dem votes✔️plain and simple
New Hampshire State Rep. Al Baldasaro, R-Londonderry, a Trump supporter, tweeted, "Liberal Fake news never ends" and suggested Democrats "focus on real issues facing U.S."
Liberal Fake News never ends and many Democrats fall in like, no brain puppets and say, OMG our @POTUS must be impeached. Get your head out of your butts and focus on real issues facing U.S. #MAGA @KellyannePolls @CLewandowski_ @NHGOP https://t.co/2n4M429FXX— Rep Al Baldasaro (@Al_Baldasaro) January 12, 2018
Aside from being abhorrent in every sense, Trump’s #shithole comments are putting millions of American lives at risk.— Richard Lionheart (@reggiejackson78) January 12, 2018
American citizens who live and work abroad are susceptible to violence in retribution for Trump’s comments.
The all Democratic New Hampshire delegation is among the those criticizing Trump.
U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan tweeted Friday that Trump's comments do not represent America and are "an affront to the inclusive values that make us strong."
Disgraceful. These comments do not represent America and they are an affront to the inclusive values that make us strong. https://t.co/xCZ9yeIfZh— Sen. Maggie Hassan (@SenatorHassan) January 12, 2018
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen kept her comments simple, and retweeted someone else she thought said it perfectly.
What she said https://t.co/Ue0wOPvtL2— Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (@SenatorShaheen) January 12, 2018
Rep. Annie Kuster tweeted that Trump "has once again disgraced the Office of the President and embarrassed the United States of America."
Rep. Carol Shea-Porter referred to his comment as "racist language."
Trump continues to degrade the presidency. His racist language attacks the fundamental, shared values we all seek to uphold as Americans. I am disgusted.https://t.co/RUFtbcNFD3— Rep. Shea-Porter (@RepSheaPorter) January 12, 2018
Despite many calling the comment racist, others failed to see how.
Nevermind the fact that @realDonaldTrump has denied saying #shithole......Can anyone tell me how this term is “racist”?— Mary💋🇺🇸 (@AmericanHotLips) January 12, 2018
Seems to be #FakeNewsMedia & Libs are virtue signaling & manipulating the truth👉🏼AGAIN🙄 pic.twitter.com/O7UqzE0Ti2
And news organizations debated whether shithole should be hypenated as a modifier and whether they could use it on air and in headlines.
An update from the NPR editors, in reference to President Trump’s widely-reported and widely-criticized slur against countries in Africa. pic.twitter.com/4gfacUGJv1— scott horsley (@HorsleyScott) January 12, 2018
And then there's this reaction from Randy Quaid. If you're counting, that's 29 shitholes not including the hashtag and one shothole (we presume that one's a typo). We're not sure if it's for or against the comment, but Quaid has previously expressed support for Trump.
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