President Donald Trump’s instantly infamous “shithole” comment about majority-black Haiti and nations in Africa sharpened the divide between pro-Trump Republicans and those on the right who have refused to embrace his presidency.
Conservatives on Trump’s side are either downplaying the comment, denying it ever even happened or, worst of all, praising its message. On the other side are conservatives who are increasingly appalled at Trump’s shockingly bigoted words and behavior. During a recent heated discussion on CNN, a “Never Trump” GOP strategist dismantled the beliefs of a pro-Trump Republican in a memorable rant.
On Don Lemon’s show, right-wing, Trump-backing talk show host John Fredericks attempted to make Trump’s profane and profoundly disrespectful “shithole” message palatable to CNN’s television audience, and ended up running straight into the buzzsaw of anti-Trump Republican strategist Rick Wilson. Said Wilson to Fredericks as part of his fiery rant, “I go back to this again, I’m curious that John doesn’t have any objection to Norwegian workers coming here to take high skilled high paying jobs, with a mysterous demographic characteristic I can’t put my finger on.” He continued, “But, you know, it goes back to a broader question, America is not a Volk, we are not a race of people. We are a proposition, we are an idea. We are a Constitution and a set of laws and principles and objectives that when you come here, if you buy into that system and play by the rules in that system, you are part of it. It is the American system, we are not based on a single demographic mix, and no matter what your flimsy economic excuses are about it.”