On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that President Trump, in a meeting with lawmakers, said that Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations are "sh*thole countries" whose citizens shouldn't be allowed to emigrate to the U.S.. Instead, Trump reportedly proposed, America should be accepting more immigrants from "countries like Norway." Not surprisingly, Twitter's response to Trump's "sh*thole countries" comment was swift, harsh, and unforgiving.
“Why are we having all these people from sh*thole countries come here?," Trump reportedly said in reference to the non-European countries. According to the Post, the lawmakers with whom Trump was meeting — including Sens. Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin — were "taken aback" by the remarks.
When contacted by the Post, a spokesperson for the White House did not offer any comment on the story.
Twitter, however, had a lot to say about Trump's remarks, calling the president an "out-of-the-closet racist," and accused him of dragging America's reputation through the mud. One user wondered if any citizens from the countries Trump disparaged happened to be employed at Trump properties, while several compared Trump's remarks to those made by Nazi politicians in Germany in the build-up to World War II.
Trump defenders, on the other hand, argued that calling predominantly non-white nations "sh*thole countries" while defending a predominantly white country is not actually racist.
The DNC Chair Weighs In
Perez is chair of the Democratic National Committee and served as Secretary of Labor under President Obama. As it turns out, he's not the only former Labor Secretary to condemn Trump's remarks.
Out Of The Closet
The fact that Trump only called predominantly non-white nations "sh*thole countries" was not lost on the Twittersphere.
Subconscious Racial Bias, Or Literal Racism?
You be the judge!
But Does He Hire Them?
Trump has been known to hire undocumented immigrants for construction work.
The "Real Sh*thole"
In another tweet sent around the same time, the Star Trek actor and frequent Trump critic referred to the president as "Twitler."
An Unfortunate Irony
The 2010 quake in Haiti killed between 220,000 and 300,000 people, according to various estimates.
"The President Doesn't Speak For Me As An American"
Trump already wasn't a fan of Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal. He's probably less of a fan now.
"A New Low"
Dan Rather's opposition to Trump is well-documented, so his condemnation of the "sh*thole countries" remark is no surprise.
Being OK With Racism
Observations like this carry a bit more weight when they come from Trump's fellow Republicans — like Michael Gerson, who served as a top aide to President George W. Bush for several years.
Shades of Nazi Germany
Robert Reich is Bill Clinton's former Labor Secretary, and was a strong supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primary.
The Eye Of The Beholder
Plenty of Trump supporters, however, had no problem with the president's comments.
A Sober Reply
There are good reasons, after all, to lend assistance to fellow humans who find themselves in dire circumstances.
It's true — Trump's grandparents emigrated to the U.S. from Germany.
Republican Demands Answers
Carlos Curbelo is a Republican who represents Florida's 26th Congressional district in the House of Representatives. He's been a strong critic of the president, however, having once suggested that Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey could be an impeachable offense.
"How Long Do We Dance Around That Issue?"
In a follow-up article published later on Thursday, the New York times reported that Trump also asked "why do we want people from Haiti here?" during the same meeting. The White House, meanwhile, has not denied that Trump made the remarks, instead saying in a statement that the president "will always fight for the American people."