In one of his most provocative statements about immigration on record, the President of the United States Donald Trump has just said that he doesn’t want immigrants from ‘SH*THOLE’ countries within the confines of the United States of America.
It is without shadow of a doubt a strong, evocative choice of language, but again Mr Trump is someone who has already taken the presidential rulebook and practically thrown it out of the window of the Oval Office and onto the White House Lawn.
According to a report in Metro:
Donald Trump has sparked outrage after allegedly saying he doesn’t want immigrants from ‘sh*thole’ countries coming into the US.
Yes friends, the POTUS actally used the word ‘sh*thole’ when referring to Haiti, El Salvador and African countries during an Oval Office meeting earlier today.
According to two people briefed on the meeting, Trump had been discussing a proposed bipartisan deal on immigration.
‘Why are we having all these people from sh*thole countries come here?’ Trump allegedly said.
He then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries like Norway, whose prime minister he met yesterday.
Fair enough – if this indeed did happen then it is an ‘off-colour’ remark (can we still say that?).
However, what has already become clear is that the media will now refuse point-blank to debate the sentiments behind the comment and just concentrate on the sentiment itself.
First and foremost, Trump is not actually saying anything that he hasn’t said already – he has just ‘upped’ the tone of voice that has been used.
It is no secret that Trump has been a long-time believer in the link between immigration from Middle Eastern countries and the rise in terrorist activity.
Therefore, why shouldn’t he come out and say that he is keen on having a raised level of immigration from countries that statistically do not operate as a breeding ground for terrorists?
It is fair enough to say that the terrorism problem is about more than just who is and isn’t allowed to enter the United States of America (or indeed any other nation that has been unfortunate enough to suffer at the hands of terrorists).
However, it is also fair to say that Trump is expressing a valid opinion, although perhaps in the fullness of time his exact words used will not do him any favours.
Does Trump really care anymore about the public’s perception of him. No – and this is probably something to be admired.
Naturally ‘straight-talking’ is often something that is immediately attacked by the mainstream media, and this is why Twitter has become Trump’s communication channel of choice.
Say what you want about the man, but this is a sign of leadership. By harnessing the power of having his own Twitter account, he has put both hands around his ‘media’ problem and taken control.
He knows that his print and digital opponents will take his every word and twist it for their own means, so by using Twitter he is ‘cutting out the middleman’ and the everyday man and woman in the street is empowered to interpret his words at face value.