There is no doubt at all now (as if we needed more evidence) that this country of 323 million souls is led by a racist.
If he were anyone else – a corporate CEO, a Hollywood studio chief, or a football coach – President Donald J. Trump would have been fired by now, or at least suspended without pay and asked to attend counseling or therapy.
Instead, the nation’s 45th president uttered horrible words about immigrants from what he calls “shithole countries” while meeting last Thursday with several Congressional leaders to discuss a solution to help Dreamers.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” said the president. Federal lawmakers who were in the meeting confirmed the remarks.
Trump said he used “strong language,” but denied he used that word.
The result: White supremacists cheered his remarks, leaders from the offended countries expressed their anger, Democrats and a few Republicans admonished the president, the news media focused on the president’s lack of decorum, and Trump headed to Florida for the weekend knowing that he’ll keep his job!
This country has a rich tradition of accepting immigrants from all corners of the globe. Boston is known for its Irish influence. New York has Little Italy. Los Ángeles has Olvera Street. Chicago has a German influence. Miami has Little Havana.
Athletes with roots from throughout the world have competed for the U.S. in sports competitions, have served in our military, and, have contributed in millions of other ways. It doesn’t matter if they’re from Haiti, El Salvador, Nigeria or Norway. Immigrants have built this nation.
Now, Trump is tearing it all down. He began by claiming that México “sends its worst” to this country, and that undocumented immigrants from México are “rapists, murderers and drug traffickers.” Some, he said, might be fine people.
He has offended the Muslim mayor of London; has claimed that all Haitians have AIDS; and, has said that Nigerians would “never go back to their huts.”
Trump has weathered such talk because the Republican Party has refused to take a tough stance and has failed to remind him that he speaks for all Americans. Other supporters gleefully laugh at the reaction.
It is time that this nation stand up to the naked bigotry of this president and ask him to apologize for his cruel remarks. Congress should censure him. Those who refuse to confront the president – or believe Trump has done no wrong – are complicit in the matter.
After all, our national leaders are used as examples for our youngsters. George Washington could never tell a lie and admitted he chopped down a cherry tree. Abe Lincoln walked six miles to return a three-cent overcharge to a customer. John F. Kennedy energized a new generation in his inaugural address by stating, “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
Now, we are stuck with a racist commander-in-chief who basks in his foul conduct.