Trevor Noah destroyed Donald Trump’s Thursday remarks about “sh**hole” countries yesterday in his monologue on The Daily Show, noting that he is in fact from “South Shithole” and that Donald Trump is undeniably a racist.
On Thursday during a meeting with Senators over a bipartisan immigration reform deal, Trump addressed a pitch by Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) by asking those in attendance why the United States wanted to take immigrants from “sh**hole countries” like Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries. He promptly followed that up asking why we can’t have more immigrants from Norway. See the problem here? Norwegians are white. Norwegians are very white. Noah took the elephant in the room and ran with it:
“Guys, I don’t know how to break this to you, but I think the president might be a racist.”
“Personally, as someone from South Sh**hole, I’m offended,” said Noah to roaring laughter from the audience.
But it gets better. He poked fun at the idea that Trump must think people in these countries aren’t going to hear his public remarks loud and clear:
‘It might take few weeks, but as soon as the news donkey reaches our village we’ll be so mad.”
See, Americans already knew that Donald Trump was a racist. He began his campaign by calling all Mexicans rapists. During his campaign, he chose not to distance himself from a strong base of white nationalists. In the wake of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Trump refused to denounce neo-Nazis in the wake of Heather Heyer’s death, saying that there were “very fine people” on both sides. His administration has repeatedly hauled out legislation and policy decisions that aim to impact Muslims and people of color.
Trump’s “shithole” remarks were no surprise. They were, however, repugnant words to hear from the mouth of a world leader. And Americans who were previously willing to brush Trump’s racism under the rug can no longer deny that the president has a big, ugly problem.
That’s why Noah was blunt:
“He didn’t just name a white country, he named the whitest country.”
The White House did not deny Trump’s comments.
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