Fox News host Jesse Watters said the plain-speaking President Trump echoed the sentiments of many Americans when he called some impoverished, third-world African nations “sh*tholes.”
“This is how the forgotten men and women of America talk at the bar,” Watters said on The Five. “If you’re at a bar and you’re in Wisconsin, and you think they’re bringing in a bunch of Haiti people, or El Salvadorians, or people from Niger, this is how some people talk.”
Watters said while President Trump’s colorful, politically incorrect language may not be graceful, it encapsulates what many Americans feel about the hordes of immigrants — both legal and illegal — abandoning their third-world homelands in Africa to flock to the United States.
“Is it graceful? No,” Watters said. “Is it polite or delicate? Absolutely not. Is it a little offensive? Of course it is. But you know what? This doesn’t move the needle at all. This is who [the blunt-speaking] Trump is. And if he offends some people, fine.”
Juan Williams, the token liberal on “The Five,” took offense to Trump’s comment, suggesting it’s racist because the president allegedly referenced some African nations when he made the “sh*thole” remark.
Jesse Watters dismissed Williams’ race-baiting, retorting: “He was talking about third-world countries. You’re bringing in people who have low skills and low education in the context of immigration.”
Co-host Greg Gutfeld chimed in with his own observation: “You’ve got to ask why can’t these citizens stay in their country and fix their own country?” he asked. “Why is it that they can’t do that?”
Flake said he was told what CNN reported: that the president referred to African countries as “shithole countries,” and of Haitians asked “Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out” —- meaning take them out of the deal.
See this thread: https://t.co/8KaBkqOxwr
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 12, 2018
Meanwhile, many people on social media agreed with President Trump.
While he may not have used the most artful language, how else do you describe impoverished, third-world African countries that their own people abandon en masse because of their hopeless economies or rampant violence?
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 26, 2017
More than 200 countries receive financial aid from the United States, according to the Council on Foreign Relations. The U.S. donates more than $1 billion each year to some of these nations. America is by far the most generous country in the world when it comes to foreign aid.
Africa receives the most aid from the U.S. (32%), followed by the Middle East at 31%, and South/Central Asia at 25%.
Here’s a thought: Any country that’s offended by President Trump’s sh*thole remark can voice their objection by refusing our billions in financial aid. The United States gave more than $30 billion in aid to foreign nations as of 2015. Let that sink in.
For decades, Africa has been torn apart by tribal in-fighting and systemic government corruption. While many Americans believe the United States should cut off aid to the region, it bears noting that ISIS has rapidly gained ground on the continent due to the chaos.
The millions of refugees created by the ongoing wars in Africa have been migrating to, and seeking asylum in, the United States and Europe. Why aren’t these refugees seeking asylum in other African nations, Asia, or the Middle East? Isn’t that racist?
Rule of thumb: if the water where you live is not potable because local engineers can’t somehow separate well water from sewage water, you live in a #shithole country. Literally.
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) January 12, 2018
The president said Haiti and African nations, some, are shithole countries. And? Are we supposed to pretend that they are not? If Sally Struthers is on TV asking for 60 cents daily for you you are in a shithole.
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) January 11, 2018
Then, there’s this:
Don’t forget, this wasn’t considered racist. pic.twitter.com/jE6USb9AQR
— Dumb Lemon (@tanmanfilm) January 12, 2018
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) January 12, 2018
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