Does anyone know where the shithole is?

In case you aren’t current on U.S. immigration reform, the Legislative and Executive branches are working right now to come up with new policies that would affect who we let into our country and how we do it. Yes, that includes discussions about Trump’s famous wall that the Mexicans are supposed to be paying for. And if you don’t know, immigration is a sensitive topic that divides Americans and, subsequently, divides our lawmakers. Ask anyone in the U.S. and, for the most part, they will be able to tell you whether they want strict or open immigration policies for our country, despite the fact that immigration is a much more complex issue than that.

Before we dig in too deep and before you start talking about how much of a “pussy ass liberal” I must be, I’ll tell you that I voted for a Democrat and a Republican in the last two Presidential elections, respectively. I don’t draw a hard line to either party. However, I do subscribe to sensibility and leadership that furthers a prosperous country. So when Trump questioned why we should accept immigrants from “shithole countries” like Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries, I start to wonder where the hell this country is going. As Trump put it, the U.S. doesn’t need immigrants from Haiti. He suggests that we should figure out a way to leave them out of immigration reform, asking, “Why do we want people from Haiti here?” He further suggested that we should be bringing in more Norwegians (that’s Norway) than Haitian shitholers. In the Oval Office were several Republican lawmakers, and apparently Trump’s comments caused quite a stir, even with members of his own party. But enough of the situational recap.

What the hell is going on with the President? We’re not talking about the Mayor of Dubuque, Iowa here. I’m talking about Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America – the most powerful and respected country in the world. I’m all for change when change is necessary so I don’t want to hear your bitching about the Establishment and how Trump is shaking things up in Washington. That dude is either a moron or he’s lost it. You can’t be our President and call other countries “shitholes.” Diplomacy has never worked that way, and that sort of rhetoric certainly doesn’t encourage respect from other countries or their leaders.

And look, I know some of you are fuming while you read this. I get it. Trump’s got some loyal foot soldiers out there. I know you’re probably screaming at the computer, “Dirty Mike, you’re a fucking pussy ass liberal. You must be from California or Austin or something. Trump isn’t saying that Haitians and El Salvadorians are shitholers. He’s saying that their country is a shithole and that they must agree or they wouldn’t be coming to the greatest country on earth – the U S of A.” Well guess what, you’re wrong. Trump’s the damn PRESIDENT. You can’t operate like he does and be a diplomatic badass, which I think we can all agree, the U.S. needs to have. And if you think that this kind of behavior won’t affect our standing on the world stage, let me direct you to social media.

Vicente Fox Quesada, the former President of Mexico:

What’s worse is the reaction from some within Trump’s own party. Representative Mia Love, a Republican, Haitian-American lawmaker from Utah released a statement addressing Trump’s remarks as well.

I don’t know. Maybe I am a pussy ass liberal. I know one thing though. Trump keeps acting like a damn fool and I keep getting less and less surprised by it. At some point, everyone is going to have to put partisanship aside and ask ourselves whether we are steering the ship in the right direction. Until then, I’ll leave you with Phil Mudd, a Memphis, Tennessee resident and former CIA and FBI Intelligence official who has received some of the Agency’s highest honors, and who served in the Middle East at the height of our conflict in the early 2000’s (If you’re interested in more – I think he addressed today’s events candidly and accurately.

Do your thing Phil…

(Video: CNN)

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