First reported by the Washington Post, and then confirmed by various other outlets, President Donald Trump’s racism sparked renewed outrage on Thursday—and the #ShitHoleDon hashtag—after it was learned he referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations as “shitholes countries” during a closed-door meeting with Republican lawmakers.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump reportedly said, according to people briefed on the meeting.
According to a version of the exchange reported by NBC News, Trump said the U.S. should “have more people from places like Norway,” but said refugees and immigrants from places like Haiti and Africa should no longer received protections.
“Why do we need more Haitians?” Trump asked, according to the Post‘s sources. “Take them out.”
To the Nazi’s, the purest Aryans were the Nordic people of Germany and Norway. “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries [Haiti and Africa] come here?” Trump exploded today, saying the U.S. should bring more people from countries like Norway. Connection?
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) January 11, 2018
In a statement, the NAACP “unequivocally denounced” Trump’s latest outburst:
As our nation fights to move forward, our President falls deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole of racism and xenophobia. The United States’ position as a moral leader throughout the world has been thoroughly damaged by the continuous lowbrow, callous and unfiltered racism repeatedly espoused by President Trump. His decision to use profanity to describe African, Central American and Caribbean countries is not only a low mark for this president, it is a low point for our nation. This President’s failure to grasp simple ideas of inclusion and maturity is an open sore on our democracy that continues to fester.