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Dyer: Trump’s racism so inbred he’s utterly oblivious to it

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18.01.2018

Poor Donald Trump. He was simply asking for information, and they’re all over him as if he were a racist thug. His choice of words was unfortunate, but the angels rejoice when an ignorant person seeks enlightenment. We should take his question seriously and answer it for him.

What Trump asked last Thursday was: “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” From the context — he was meeting with congressmen and senators who were working on immigration issues — it’s clear that by “shithole countries” he meant Central American and African countries. El Salvador and Haiti came in for special mention.

What marks these countries out is that many of them are very poor, and some of them are plagued by war, crime and/or massive corruption. But most of the immigrants to the U.S. have come from countries like that: people who are safe and prosperous generally don’t abandon the........

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