The Trump Era News Cycle is a pattern of
1. Trump tweets or says something,
2. Sh**storm develops over the tweet or the remark,
3. Important international or national developments go ignored.
The latest storm is over Trump’s remark,
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?”
Just as before, the outrage is all over social media and the cable news cycle.
There’s an accusation of racism, as the remark apparently referred to immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries. If that is the case, I certainly condemn it.
The problem that will endure after any presidential term limits, however, is with the countries.
I’ve been blogging about Latin America for fourteen years. The conditions in Haiti are the worst in our hemisphere. El Salvador is riddled with crime. Venezuela has declined to the point it may qualify for a spot on the list.
So, I’d like to ask all who are insulted by having a country described as a “shithole,” where were you when the Clintons became the King and Queen of Haiti?
El Salvador became the homicide capital of the world: One murder every hour, reports The Guardian. Gang members are killing people in the US and sending the videos to their bosses in El Salvador. Were you aware?
And if one is to look at racism, are you traveling to Cuba “before it changes”?
If you are so offended by the obviously crude terminology, could you consider ways for these benighted countries to retain their best and brightest citizens and get out of the hole?
But herein lies the good news: the shithole status doesn’t have to be permanent; in fact, quite often, it is transitory. The country that was shithole yesterday might not be so today, because the factors that made it shithole in the first place have changed: it is now peaceful and safe, the government is better, and the institutions have evolved.
It’s not necessarily an easy process, particularly when there are ingrained cultural and religious reasons for being shithole. But being shithole is never inevitable.
Are you wiling to examine what is causing the problem and do the hard work to effect change?
Or is all your bluster saved for social media?
Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog