And I’m not snarking. In case you missed it, Il Trumpe said this in front of two U.S. senators (boldface mine):
President Trump grew frustrated with lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office when they floated restoring protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal, according to two people briefed on the meeting.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, according to these people, referring to African countries and Haiti. He then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries like Norway, whose prime minister he met Wednesday.
The comments left lawmakers taken aback, according to people familiar with their reactions. Sens. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) and Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) proposed cutting the visa lottery program by 50 percent and prioritizing countries already in the system, a White House official said.
In 2016, 404 Norwegians immigrated to the U.S., with another 362 obtaining permanent resident status (pdf). Not exactly a deluge. If Trump had said this in a vacuum, one could explain it away as a reference to poorer countries. But there’s a history here, one with many sides, if you will. It’s clear this is racist. So what will it take for news outlets to start using that word? Does he have to hold a press conferences and drop vile slurs left and right (drop them on many sides!)?
Access can’t be that important, can it?