“J” is for “Jawdrop”– Time for the censure of President Donald J. Trump
If his pussy grabbing rhetoric wasn’t enough to sink his candidacy in 2016, why
do you think Trump’s talking about immigrants from Africa and Haiti as coming
from “shithole” countries will phase him?
But now, the president has gone too far. His racism cannot be excused.
Trump has made it a practice to nuke the truth with his own rhetorical style.
Art of the deal? Not when it comes to the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals
But Trump does have the art of the jaw-dropping comment down cold.
He is, after all, the guy who started the birther movement questioning the
legitimacy of President Obama’s birth certificate. Ultimately, in the face of
the truth, Trump finally had to apologize. But even here, he recently began to
raise his doubts among friends.
When it comes to race, Trump has a major problem.
It’s all well documented in his past. From the practice of refusing to rent to
people of color in the family business to his reaction in the Central Park 5
During his campaign and as president, Trump’s carried on. He’s called Mexican
He disparaged a Mexican American judge presiding on the case against Trump
University a “so-called judge.”
When Trump dangerously baits North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, there’s more than a hint
of racism when Trump says he has a bigger button than Kim.
And then there is Trump’s response after white nationalists rioted in
Charlottesville last year, when he defended the “very fine people on both
Clearly, Trump has a white comfort zone. And a problem with people of color.
At yesterday’s meeting when the fecal language was used, Trump suggested he’d be
open to more immigrants from predominantly white Norway. Yes, he had just met
its president the day before. He could have also mentioned First Lady Melania
from Slovenia. Does merit-based immigration mean “supermodels only”?
At the same meeting, Trump also referred positively to immigrants from Asian
countries because he said they’d help the U.S. economically. It’s the
stereotype, sure. But what about the Asian immigrants from Nepal? What will he
say about them when it’s their turn for Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
It won’t be positive for Asians.
White nationalist Richard Spencer described Trump this way in Michael Wolff’s
book, “Fire and Fury”: “He is a nationalist and he is a racialist. His movement
is a white movement. Duh….We give him a kind of permission.”
And that is why Trump feels immune to the jaw drop, as he speaks to white
nationalists like Spencer, who have long stood in shame and now have gone
Trump can always explain it all away with what has become the hallmark of the
Trump Administration: the morning Mea Tweeta.
Trump’s official explanation, not quite an apology, came more than 12 hours
after the Washington Post broke the original story about Trump’s frustration
at the bipartisan group of lawmakers who presented him with a compromise on
Trump had said early in the
that he would sign anything that the legislators gave him, and that he would
“take the heat.”
Those were his words.
But when the bipartisan compromise presented to him on Thursday wasn’t good
enough, Trump reacted true to Trump, the vulgar racist.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here,” Trump
said, according to people in the meeting.
The Washington Post verified and reported it. And then so did other news
organizations. Fake news? When what should be the moral leader of the free world
makes an abhorrent racist comment, it’s news.
This morning, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) went on the record. He was at both DACA
meetings, the one where Trump urged a compromise, and then the one where Trump
used the term “shithole.”
“I have seen the comments in the press, I have not read one of them that’s
inaccurate,” Durbin told media, as reported in USA Today.
“In the course of Trump’s comments, he said things that were hate-filled, vile
and racist,” Durbin said. “I cannot believe that in the history of the White
House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I
personally heard our president speak yesterday.”
But the president continued to tweet:
No, Mr. President, there is no trust. And no faith. You do not have permission
to represent our country in such a boldly racist way.
Fortunately, we don’t have to climb the impeachment mountain, not yet. Nor do we
need a psychiatric evaluation to spur a 25th Amendment removal.
What’s called for now is to finish the steps taken by Congress last August after
The president must be censured.
Based on Trump’s own words, the government must use censure to express the
Censure is merely a strong institutional statement of rebuke when acceptable
standards have been breached.
Trump, who prides himself as having a presidency the likes of which no one has
never seen, may have topped himself with his “shithole” comment.
Censure, used once successfully back in 1834 when Andrew Jackson was reprimanded
in connection to his defunding the Bank of the United States, would make Trump
Jackson’s was expunged in 1837. I don’t know if Trump would be so lucky.
Since then, censure has been tried and has failed a number of times. Most
recently, there was a move to censure Clinton after the Lewinsky scandal. And
again last August against Trump after Charlottesville. That attempt had more
than 130 co-signers and was left in committee.
But now is the time for all good Republicans and Democrats to stand up and speak
out, and renew the move to censure the president. This time for his “shithole”
For the sake of our country, our people, and the world, Congress must take
strong bipartisan action to formally decry the jaw-dropping racist words of
Donald J. Trump.
It must do what the president seems incapable of doing. Congress must do what’s
The censure of the president may be the only way to overcome and endure an
ironic celebration of our national Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
Emil Guillermo is an independent journalist/commentator. Updates at www.amok.com. Follow Emil on Twitter, and like his Facebook page. The views expressed in his blog do not necessarily represent AALDEF’s views or policies.