In wake of Trump’s ‘shithole’ comment, celebration among the far right

After President Donald J. Trump declared Haiti and other black-majority countries a “shithole” during a meeting about immigration on Thursday, some of his white supremacist followers took it as a good sign. On Twitter, Gab, and the white supremacist message board Stormfront, there were celebratory comments, questions about why he didn’t do it sooner and even a slap at the citizens of Haiti. The Washington Post, NBC and other outlets reported that Trump referred to the countries as “shitholes” and wondered to a bipartisan group of congressmen why the United States was taking in so many people from Haiti and Africa instead of countries like Norway. Iowa Congressman Steve King, who once compared illegal immigration to the holocaust, applauded the comments as a political win. “Hang in there Mr. President @realDonaldTrump. If those countries aren’t as you described, Democrats should be happy to deport criminal aliens back to them. &End #AnchorBabies, too,” wrote King, a Republican. Some, such as former Ku Klux Klan leader and neo-Nazi David Duke also chimed in, backing Trump’s comments and hoping he’d stand by the remarks. (Trump, on Friday morning, denied making the comments.)
“Trump spoke Blunt, hard truth that makes PERFECT TRUTH! So, Mr. Prez -ACT ON IT – DON’T CAVE IN !,” Duke tweeted. But, even more obscure white supremacists and white nationalist took up for Trump on Stormfront, the message board popular among the racist right. Generally using screen names to hide their identities, posters to the board lauded Trump and spoke of what they see as the ills of immigration from Haiti and Africa.
“Why are we having all these people from sh!thole countries come here?” asked a poster going by the name “Cherries.” “Oy vey! Don ask foolish questions, goyim.”

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siehe auch: ‘Shithole countries’? Words worthy of a racist-in-chief. Donald Trump has made no secret of his bigotry. The sad truth is his comments about Haiti and Africa reflect the US’s historic racism. Donald Trump knows a thing or two about “shitholes” – the label he apparently bestowed on El Salvador, Haiti and various African nations during an Oval Office meeting about immigration. His own father was reportedly so ashamed of coming from Germany – widely considered to be a “shithole” by Americans fighting in two world wars – that he pretended for most of his life that he was Swedish. These Aryan dreams glowed all blond and bright through Trump’s seminal book, The Art of the Deal, in which he claimed his father arrived as a child from Sweden like some kind of Nordic dreamer; Donald Trump Is a Racist. What would you call someone who blasted Haiti as a “shithole,” complained about immigrants from Africa, and wondered why the United States couldn’t accept more immigrants from a European country like Norway? What about someone who mocked Nigerians as living in “huts?” Or defended white supremacists after they terrorized a city in a “protest” that ended with the killing of a counter-demonstrator? What if he or she described black neighborhoods as essentially fit for animals, portrayed Muslim Americans as fundamentally untrustworthy, and criticized Mexico for sending “rapists”? What if, for nearly five years, that person devoted time and attention to “proving” the first black president of the United States was an illegitimate usurper hiding his true African background from the public? What would you call this person? At the very least, you would call him or her a “racist,” one with a documented history of bias and contempt toward nonwhites. This person, obviously, is President Donald Trump. And President Trump is a racist. It was clear on Thursday, when he made his remarks about Haiti, and it was clear last month, when he made his comments about Nigeria. It was clear when he went on his “birther” crusade against Barack Obama. It’s been clear for as long as he’s been in the public eye, from when he was investigated by the Department of Justice for housing discrimination in the 1970s to when he demanded execution for five black and Latino teenagers who had been accused, falsely, of attacking and a raping a white woman in New York City in the 1980s.; Trump prefers immigrants from Norway over ‘shithole countries’ like Haiti. In a crude moment seemingly borne in frustration over a bipartisan immigration deal, President Trump lashed out at the idea of restoring protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, referring to African countries and Haiti, according to The Washington Post. The president then suggested that immigrants from countries such as Norway would be preferred. Trump’s comments came in response to a bipartisan collection of lawmakers moving forward to restore protections for countries that have been removed from the temporary protected status program while adding $1.5 billion for a border wall and making changes to the visa lottery system.

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