Ok folks. This is Trump scandal #99447. Oh hell, I've lost count of the number of times people have gone hysterical over Trump's comments.
Here are my thoughts on this.
- Trump is a vulgar man with no filter. It's just who he is. Having said that, Presidents say a lot of stuff in private, behind closed doors. The difference here is that Trump's public persona is virtually indistinguishable from his private one and that he has suffered from massive leaks of his private conversations.
- What Trump said was inappropriate but not necessarily inaccurate. The countries he mentioned are not places we would want to live in. They are for the lack of a better word, "shitholes." Now, one can debate why those countries are so poorly off (colonialism, abuse by Western powers, slavery, terrible government, corruption, etc.), but the fact remains that these are not pleasant places.
- Calling a country a "shithole" is not an attack on its people, nor is it a racist attack. For instance, one can say that he does not want to live in South Side Chicago because it's a "shithole." It does not mean that he is racist against blacks just because South Side happens to be mostly black.
- Most importantly, Trump's comment raises a fundamental question in the immigration debate. The primary purpose of a country's immigration policy is to benefit that country. Immigration is not a moral or legal right, and it is certainly not a charity case. Conservatives want to end the abuse of lotteries and chain migration and instead have a system based on skills and education.
- Trump should clarify his comment and reiterate the point in #4 more forcefully. The argument is not that Haitians or El Salvodreans are somehow inferior to Europeans; they obviously are not. The issue is that certain countries, on AVERAGE, are poorer, more unstable, and less educated, than others. As such, the % of people from those countries who are well educated and highly skilled will be lower than that of more developed countries.