aside How Reporters And Countries Are Dealing With The Fallout Of President’s Racist Words

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters in West Palm Beach, Fla. on Jan. 14, 2018.
President Donald Trump speaks to reporters in West Palm Beach, Fla. on Jan. 14, 2018. Nicholas Kamm—AFP/Getty Images

For the record there are 9 republicans still serving in the US Congress in 2018 who voted against there being a US designated MLK national holiday to celebrate and reflect on his life and what he meant to so many people. But despite them, on November 3, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill on the White House Rose Garden lawn, designating a federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., to be observed on the third Monday of January.

In the Senate:

Richard Shelby (R-AL)
Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
John McCain (R-AZ)

 Orrin Hatch (R-UT)

Johnny Isakson (R-GA

In the House:

Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI)
Hal Rogers (R-KY)
John Culberson (R-TX)
Steve Scalise (R-LA)

In January 2018, President Trump proves that racism is still a force to be reckoned with  and to be overcome. This is a time when Dr. King’s words brings most Americans a sense of hope, comfort and strength. to fight back against this disease of racism still pervasive within our borders.

I just posted a blog, detailing how the republican President Donald Trump had been busy on Wednesday evening (1/10/18), calling around to friends and allies about his plans to use profanity when referring to countries with peoples of color on a Thursday morning meeting to discuss immigration issues with US Congressional leaders. There were those present who came to this meeting, prepared to present solutions. The two Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick  Durbin (D-IL) had been working on bi- partisan legislation to address immigration reforms. But the president wasn’t feeling it.

The others in attendance besides the president, were the Republican Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas, David Perdue of Georgia, the Republican House Representatives Kevin McCarthy of California, Robert Goodlatte of Virginia, and Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida.

During discussions on DACA and other immigration challenges, the president took time to refer to Haiti, El Salvador and African countries, as Shxthole countries.

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Within a day, the detailing of the president’s racist words became headline news after the Washington Post broke the story.

By Monday morning (1/15/18), the host Joe Scarborough, journalists and other guests on the MSNBC TV show, “Morning Joe” were sharing  that the president had been contacting friends and allies by phone that very same evening of 1/11/18, to brag about what he had done in a gleeful mood. He thought this story was playing well with his base. During the weekend, while he was at his resort in Mar-a-Lago, he had been observed again boastfully sharing with others, his dirty deeds.

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The latest twist in the news cycle is that the US Senators who were brazen to deny on the Sunday TV talk shows, that they heard the president using the word shxtholes to describe Haiti, El Salvador and countries in Africa, is because they believed he said shxthouses. Talk about the parsing of words. Somehow I fail to discern much of a distinction between the use of either word.

Can you imagine how papers around the world are translating either word and writing about this story?

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SENATORS COTTON/ PERDUE

On January 15, 2018, Mike Allen of Axios posted the following news:

“So far this year, President Trump has felt it necessary to declare publicly that he’s “not a racist” and that he’s “a very stable genius” — and it’s Jan. 15.”

“This morning (1/15/18) on “Fox & Friends,” which gets the president’s attention like no other news show, Brian Kilmeade had this advice for Trump on his heated immigration remarks: “If the president wants to get ahead of this, to get momentum, he should make it clear: He’s commenting on the countries, not the people in those countries. I would love for the president to go out and clarify the remarks.”

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“That followed contortions on Sunday shows by Republicans who were in the Oval Office meeting:”

  • “The WashPost’s Josh Dawsey tweeted last night: “White House official told me tonight there is debate internally on whether Trump said ‘shithole’ or ‘shithouse.’ [Republicans Sens. David Perdue of Georgia and Tom Cotton of Arkansas] seem to have heard latter, this person said, and are using to deny.”

“As the president headed into dinner at his Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach last evening (1/14/18), he was asked this not-normal question: “What do you say to people who say you’re a racist?”

  • “Trump answered: “No, no, I’m not a racist.  I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed, that I can tell you.”
Lindsey Graham speaks to reporters last week
Sen. Graham speaks to reporters last week. Zach Gibson / Getty

“Lindsey Graham, who has indicated that reports of Trump making the “shithole” comments are true, affirmed his position, saying, “My memory hasn’t evolved. I know what was said, and I know what I said,” according to Jamie Lovegrove of The Post and Courier.”

“Since the report broke on Thursday that President Trump referred to Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries,” there have been conflicting reports from the lawmakers who were in the room.”

“The bottom line: This is a straightforward question about a meeting that happened just a few days ago, yet some participants seem to have forgotten what was said remarkably quickly. Meanwhile, Sen. Dick Durbin told the press that Trump made such remarks “repeatedly,” while Sen. David Perdue denies the account entirely.”

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Deny

  • President Donald Trump: “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used.”
  • Sen. David Perdue“I’m telling you he did not use that word…and I’m telling you it’s a gross misrepresentation.” Perdue had previously said he couldn’t recall.”

Can’t recall

Confirm

  • Sen. Dick Durbin“You’ve seen the comments in the press, I’ve not read one of them that’s inaccurate … He said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly.”
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham: “Following comments by the president, I said my piece directly to him yesterday. The president and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel.”
    • It’s also been reported that Graham told Sen. Tim Scott that reports of Trump’s remarks are “basically accurate.”

Won’t comment

  • Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart“Nothing will divert my focus to stop the deportation of these innocent people whose futures are at stake.”
  • Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy hasn’t commented.
  • Rep. Bob Goodlatte hasn’t commented.

On January 15, 2018, Jonathan Swan of Axios had fun with the Shithole translation challenge…

Foreign media outlets are having trouble translating “shithole,” the word of the week, into their languages. Here’s how a few outlets have tried to describe the uniquely American obscenity:

This blog was last updated on January 15, 2018.

See related articles:

These ‘Shithole Countries’ Have a Message for Donald Trump | Time 1/12/18Opinion |

Donald Trump’s Racism: The Definitive List – The NY Times …1/15/18

Details on the List of Trump’s Racist Statements – The NYT../1/15/18

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9 comments

  1. LBJ and his contemporaries were hardly saints but they felt they were working for the nation and as operators (of either party) would have chewed up and spat Trump out once he came to their attention on the election trail. To take one example of a man I did not care for, can you imagine Goldwater putting up with this sort of character? He might have made the bottom Wallace’s Long List of running mates in 1968.

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  2. Gronda, a Pew poll in December noted that 74% of global citizens have no faith in this President. We have become a pariah with his denigrating remarks, pulling out of deals and claims that every deal before him is a disaster. How does that make negotiators feel? Also, it should be noted that Trump really does not do the deals, he just signs his name per his cronies. Dealmaking requires a diligence Trump does not have. So, even this is a marketing spiel. Keith

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    • Dear Keith,

      He should be called the deal killer, the roller coaster negotiator, the reneger and liar in chief, the boaster in chief with lots of hot air? Why would anyone trust him?

      Again, I have low expectations for President Trump. The person that upsets me the most is General Kelly. I am definitely looking at him differently.

      Hugs, Gronda

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