Trump has made a couple of weak attempts to distance himself from the “shithole countries” comment he reportedly made about Haiti and the African continent, but almost nobody is believing his denials, including neo-Nazis who endorse his words.
“This is encouraging and refreshing as it indicates Trump is more or less on the same page as us with regards to race and immigration,” said The Daily Stormer, the biggest neo-Nazi website out there. “The real issue is all of these shitty brown people who come to the country exclusively to parasite off of us.”
Well-known white supremacist Richard Spencer also recognized the racial overtones of Trump’s words. “It’s obviously all about race, and to their credit, liberals point out the obvious,” he said to The New York Times.
After The Times published a report on the insults Trump launched against the aforementioned primarily black-populated places, he first claimed that while his language had been “tough,” the comments in The Times’ article were not accurate. He later claimed to have not said anything derogatory about Haitians and insisted that the story was “made up by Dems.”
I cannot believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday. President Trump said things that were hate-filled, vile, and racist. He used those words repeatedly. pic.twitter.com/6gHW5cLVvU
— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) January 12, 2018
Still, numerous people who were in the Oval Office during the meeting covering immigration, including Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, have basically confirmed that Trump did indeed use the words The Times reported. Democrat Dick Durbin explicitly said the report was true.
Given that Trump kicked off his presidential campaign by calling Mexicans rapists and criminals, has continued to make bigoted remarks toward different ethnic groups, and repeatedly shows an unwillingness to disavow white supremacists without having to be pressured into doing so, it’s not at all hard to believe that he referred to Haiti and Africa as “shithole countries.” It would only be a continuation of ideas he repeatedly expresses.