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“Same insult, different day.”
Essentially, that was the reaction of many people of color to news on Thursday that President Trump, in a bipartisan gathering to hammer out an immigration deal, had declared the U.S. shouldn’t consider taking people from “these shithole countries.” The sovereign entities that Trump allegedly reduced to outhouse status were Haiti, El Salvador and most of the African continent. (Trump has since taken to Twitter to deny the claims, saying he “Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country.” But multiple people have dismissed that denial.)
In newsrooms across the country — including here at NPR — the reaction was “WHAT?!?” Then, “Can we really say/print that?” (Turns out we can.)
In general, though, the shock wore off pretty quickly. And on social media, many POCs just shook their heads. While some people lamented how far America had fallen with the use of such language, others were more sanguine: Why is anyone surprised at this latest utterance, considering the president’s track record?
Before he was even elected, Trump raised the ire of many Latinos