And the hits just keep on comin’.
Earlier this year, the Washington Post leaked transcripts of Donald Trump’s January calls with Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
There were so many punchlines from those transcripts that it was almost impossible to make an exhaustive list of them. Indeed, pretty much everything Trump said to Nieto and Turnbull was a zinger. Here’s a fun graphic that recalls a few of the “better” soundbites:
One thing that America learned from the transcripts was that Trump is even more xenophobic than everyone realized, and that’s saying something because this is a man who, in a speech announcing his candidacy (so, in his very first speech as a candidate) called Mexicans “rapists.”
“I am the world’s greatest person that does not want to let people into the country,” Trump told Turnbull, expressing his dissatisfaction with the Obama administration’s agreement to accept 1,250 asylum seekers. He went on to “explain” his position as follows:
I hate taking these people. I guarantee you they are bad. That is why they are in prison right now. They are not going to be wonderful people who go on to work for the local milk people.
That “local milk people” bit went viral immediately and become a meme overnight.
Well now, WaPo has apparently spoken to two people who were briefed on a meeting Trump had with lawmakers on Thursday in the Oval Office as part of the effort to craft a bi-partisan deal on immigration. Here’s what Trump reportedly said when someone floated restoring protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries:
Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?
As WaPo goes on to write, citing aides,”Trump had seemed amenable to a deal earlier in the day during phone calls, but shifted his position in the meeting and did not seem interested.”
Needless to say, this doesn’t bode well for some kind of amicable resolution to the immigration issue.
Then again, Trump is just quoting the inscription on the Statue of Liberty which reads:
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your shithole masses, yearning to breathe free
What people don't realize is the (very stable) genius of Trump's approach. In fact, he's pioneered a whole new way to relate to other countries: shithole diplomacy (ducks) pic.twitter.com/t4ipiRFLNo
— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) January 11, 2018
a first for bbg pic.twitter.com/yCj044VJDz
— globalmacro (@_globalmacro) January 11, 2018
I really hope a doctor from one of the shithole countries gets to do the prostate exam. https://t.co/NTEJ4h7KsB
— Dave Pell (@davepell) January 11, 2018
White House spokesman Raj Shah responds to the @jdawsey1 report on Trump referring to "shithole countries."
No denial. pic.twitter.com/Z0FILtNPLB
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) January 11, 2018
BREAKING: Trump, frustrated with lawmakers in meeting, asked "why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?", the Washington Post reports; White House responds by releasing statement that does not deny the comment. https://t.co/7mq07H6efo pic.twitter.com/yvgRxgGqpK
— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) January 11, 2018