The Donald recently did what he appears to do best: lodged his small foot in his ample maw. While he made a half-hearted attempt to deny it, few doubt that the term “shithole” emerged from his lips. The subsequent media storm rivaled that of the days following his defeat of “crooked Hillary,” another of his signature monikers. While progressives howled and conservatives pooh-poohed, Himself unwittingly hit on a basic truth: humans act purposefully to improve their circumstance.
True to form, the progressive response to Himself has been misguided. In the same way Trump’s claim that he would kill the families of terrorists sparked the outrage absent from Obama’s actual killing of the family members of terrorists, his off-handed description of poverty became cause for endless hand wringing. Of course, what both Himself and the progressive media failed to mention is that many of those who flee to the U.S. and other western nations do so because of western interventionism. The people of Yemen are learning first hand how a once self-sustaining land could become host to famine, cholera, and war waged with the aid of U.S. weapons to Saudi Arabia. The people of Haiti discovered how “humanitarian” aid from the Clinton Foundation better served wealthy benefactors than the poor. For these tragedies the mainstream media offers crickets; for words like shithole they rage.