The Shithole Culture of Georgia Republicans

According to media reports, in a meeting January 11 on immigration between President Trump and lawmakers, Trump referred to Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as “shithole countries.” When discussing immigrants from those countries, according to several people knowledgeable about the meeting, Trump asked, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?”
Trump then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries such as Norway and Asian countries, because he felt that they help the United States economically. The president singled out Haiti, telling lawmakers that immigrants from that country must be left out of any deal, these people said. “Why do we need more Haitians?” Trump said, according to people familiar with the meeting. “Take them out.” (The New York Times reported last year that Trump said immigrants from Haiti have AIDS. The White House denied that report.)
In a written statement following public reports of Trump’s statements, Raj Shah, the White House deputy press secretary, did not deny the account of the meeting or directly address Mr. Trump’s comments. He said Trump was seeking permanent solutions to immigration that “make our country stronger.”
I will not, here, devote any time to the firestorm of criticism Trump’s remarks have justifiably unleashed for its unequivocal racism. The Internet and a Google search will deliver a tsunami of words spelling out the racism that lies behind those words.
I want to thank President Trump and his Republican acolytes for setting the precedent that allows us to use the dead-on accurate word to define the culture that he and the Republicans so vociferously advocate: the Republican shithole culture. The shithole culture so joyously practiced by Republicans like Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue and Representatives Barry Loudermilk and Karen Handel. The same shithole culture embraced by Governor Nathan Deal and Georgia’s Statehouse Republican legislators.
What irony. The very words used by Trump to libel and slander foreign countries are the exact words that establish Trump and his Republicans as racist bigots—thereby ratifying that their political culture is a shithole culture.
These latest words, of course, did not create the Republican shithole culture. Trump, Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, and Handel, inter alia, have spent a solid year creating that culture—to near perfection. And they have proven they are indelibly wedded to maintaining and nurturing their shithole culture. IndieDems.com is chock full of articles defining their shithole culture in detail. A summary from our January 11 Newsletter:
The same Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, and Handel who have
spent a year in rapturous praise of Trump’s Administration, even
as it plunged to new depths of moral and intellectual corruption,
show us that they will remain content with a congenitally lying,
racist, sexist, xenophobic president as he takes a sledgehammer
to every democratic and moral principle America has lived by–as
long as he will sign the bills that nurture their corporate masters
and remove all regulations that keep them from their predation
against average Americans.
The chief feature of the Republican shithole culture is its embrace of lying as a way of life. The Washington Post documented 1,950 false or misleading claims by Trump over 347 days. Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, and Handel have remained Trump loyalists through every single one of those lies.
Here is a selective catalogue of the other characteristics of the shithole culture championed by Trump and his Georgia worshipers:
  • In the Trump/Isakson/Perdue/Loudermilk/Handel shithole culture, it’s acceptable to lie about Barack Obama not being a native-born American
  • In the Trump/Isakson/Perdue/Loudermilk/Handel shithole culture, it’s acceptable to demean the military service of John McCain
  • In the Trump/Isakson/Perdue/Loudermilk/Handel shithole culture, it’s acceptable to call Colin Powell a “national disgrace and an international pariah” who has “no sense of shame”
  • In the Trump/Isakson/Perdue/Loudermilk/Handel shithole culture, it’s acceptable to declare that there were fine people among the neo-fascist torch-bearers marching through Charlottesville declaring “Jews will not replace us”
  • In the Trump/Isakson/Perdue/Loudermilk/Handel shithole culture, it’s acceptable to call women bimbos
  • In the Trump/Isakson/Perdue/Loudermilk/Handel shithole culture, it’s acceptable to brag about sexually assaulting women
  • In the Trump/Isakson/Perdue/Loudermilk/Handel shithole culture, it’s acceptable to mock the handicapped
  • In the Trump/Isakson/Perdue/Loudermilk/Handel shithole culture, it’s acceptable to incite your followers to violence
  • In the Trump/Isakson/Perdue/Loudermilk/Handel shithole culture, it’s acceptable to hurl ethnic slurs as insults
  • In the Trump/Isakson/Perdue/Loudermilk/Handel shithole culture, it’s acceptable to endorse a child-molesting sex pervert to be a U.S. Senator
  • In the Trump/Isakson/Perdue/Loudermilk/Handel shithole culture, it’s acceptable to appoint first as your campaign czar and then as a Presidential Counselor the supreme leader of the white nationalist (i.e., supremacist) movement who has published some of the most flagrantly misogynistic, sexist, anti-female words in human history
  • In the Trump/Isakson/Perdue/Loudermilk/Handel shithole culture, it’s acceptable to hire as a chief adviser the sex predator Roger Ailes, after he was fired by Fox News for his despicable acts against females
  • In the Trump/Isakson/Perdue/Loudermilk/Handel shithole culture, it’s acceptable to praise the thug Vladimir Putin and have innumerable meetings between a candidate’s campaign staff and Russian agents, lie about the meetings—and declare it all serves United States interests
  • In the Trump/Isakson/Perdue/Loudermilk/Handel shithole culture, it’s acceptable to grant a pardon to Joe Arpaio, the county sheriff convicted of criminal contempt for defying a court order to stop racially profiling Latinos. He also treated detainees cruelly, and established detention camps comparable to those used by the Nazis
From the day that Donald Trump announced his presidential candidacy, I said that he represented the heart and soul of the Republican Party. I said that it was simple nonsense to see him as some sort of outlier. Since he was inaugurated, I have pointed out that the Republicans’ supine kissing of Trump’s behind revealed the intellectual and moral corruption of the Republican Party and showed it’s overdue to be placed on the dung hill of history.
Then came Michael Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury” revealing the extent of the rot at the heart of Trump’s administration and his manifest unfitness to be President of the United States.
And now, his overtly racist remarks about foreigners. Anyone who still proudly proclaims they are a Republican are betraying their country about one degree below the treason of Benedict Arnold.

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