A new report from the New York Times has exposed the repulsively racist terms that President Donald Trump openly uses behind the scenes to describe immigrants and refugees seeking to make new lives in America.
In Oval Office meeting, POTUS groused that thousands of immigrants from Haiti all have AIDS and that those from Nigeria would never return to "huts" once they saw America @shearm @juliehdavis https://t.co/wiGpOlS7Ik
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) December 23, 2017
In June, President Trump called a policy meeting to discuss American immigration policy. Late to his own meeting, he reportedly stormed in with a list of visas that had been issued to immigrants and their countries of origin.
In a fit of rage, he began to read off the paper and said the folllwing, as reported by the New York Times:
Haiti had sent 15,000 people. They “all have AIDS,” he grumbled, according to one person who attended the meeting and another person who was briefed about it by a different person who was there.
Forty thousand had come from Nigeria, Mr. Trump added. Once they had seen the United States, they would never “go back to their huts” in Africa, recalled the two officials, who asked for anonymity to discuss a sensitive conversation in the Oval Office.
Trump, a man who wears his astounding ignorance on his sleeve, immediately grasped for the crudest stereotypes he could to communicate his utter disgust at the idea of black people arriving in the United States.
Ever the germophobe, the language he uses is evocative of cleanliness – asserting that black people are disease-ridden and lived in squalid poverty – a clear indication that he doesn’t consider them to be people.
White supremacists often cling to the white/black = clean/dirty dichotomy and use it to justify their genocidal behavior – there’s a reason it’s called ethnic “cleansing.”
When Rex Tillerson pointed out that most of the people given visas to the United States were arriving only for temporary visits, he was met with a fiery rebuke from then-Secretary of Homeland Security and now Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly and Steven Miller for issuing so many visas in the first place – which is your periodic reminder that the man who used to run Guantanamo Bay but is now lauded as “the adult in the room” is just as much a racist monster as the rest of them.
The White House Press Secretary has denied the reports and called them “lies;” other officials “did not deny the overall description of the meeting” but attest that the President “never said AIDS.”
While this kind of appalling racism is hardly surprising at this point from our nation’s laziest and stupidest president, it is a shocking reminder of just how deeply prejudice and hate are interwoven into his decaying mind – and all the terrifying implications associated with it.
“He’s always been fearful where other cultures are concerned and always had anxiety about food and safety when he travels. His objectification and demonization of people who are different has festered for decades” notes Trump biographer said Michael D’Antonio.
Trump is truly one of the most pathetic men to ever walk the earth, let alone hold the Oval Office. An avatar of humanity’s worst impulses, he is a most loathsome creature animated entirely by fear and insecurity, by spite and hatred, by gluttony and excess.
We must rid ourselves of him as quickly as we can.
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