Trump’s crude comments are nothing new

The national media is in an uproar over the president’s alleged comments about why we are promoting immigration from “sh*t hole countries” while shutting the door for so many immigrants from more advanced nations.

According to the media, there are two issues here. One is the president’s language, which they consider inappropriate. And second is the whole issue of who should get favored immigration advantages.

Ahem, let me offer a little perspective.

Having interviewed six presidents and hosted them in my home and traveled with them on Air Force One and on commercial aircraft and in private jets and car caravans and Winnebago’s, I can assure you that they all use that word. Including Ronald Reagan, who was otherwise a perfect gentleman.

As far as inappropriate moments in the White House are concerned, this moment by Donald Trump does not even rank.

John F. Kennedy, you will remember, asked his young staffer, Mimi Alford to give his buddy, Dave Powers a blow job, in his presence. This, in the White House swimming pool. There is Bill Clinton and his semen filled towels, which had to be picked up by the Secret Service. Both stories documented in my book GAME OF THORNS.

Five recent presidents used the N-word. Woodrow Wilson, Harry Truman, FDR, Richard Nixon and Lyndon Baines Johnson. In fact, we could say six, because Barack Obama used the word publicly as well. By the way, five of those six presidents are liberal Democrats.

Historian, Robert Dallek tells the story of LBJ, who advanced landmark Civil Right’s legislation. According to Dallek, the president, once told a young attorney, “son, when I appoint a n****r to the court, I want everybody to know he’s a n****r.

Nixon had a staffer make a list of Jews who worked at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Crude, racist and inappropriate words and actions are nothing new. They are regrettable and wrong but the White House will survive.

The second issue is the point that it is prejudicial of President Trump to tilt immigration toward more advanced nations.

In fact, Trump was decrying a policy that favors persons from poor countries and gives them an edge.

When I worked in the White House many Democratic leaders were trying to stop Soviet Jews from immigrating to the USA. And later Russian Pentecostals. The later were risking death by execution but that didn’t seem to matter.

In the decade before, many Democratic politicians tried to block the Vietnamese who were trying to escape the communist takeover. Democrats feared that these new immigrants would vote Republican when they got here. Joe Biden was among those calling to stop the influx. They even blocked the immigration of orphans, fathered by American soldiers.

In contrast with our own inflated, self image, America has a long an controversial record on immigration. FDR interned Japanese Americans during World War Two. He blocked ships of Jewish refugees from landing at ports in New York City and Miami. They were fleeing Nazi Germany but FDR feared that the refugees had been seeded with Gestapo agents trying to get into the United States. Incredibly, FDR was proven correct, although most historians still regret this decision.

At the very birth of America, John Adams signed the Alien and Sedition Acts that required an immigrant to live up to 14 years in America before becoming a citizen. It gave power to a president to detain and deport any immigrant arriving from a so-called “hostile” nation.

The problem now, which no one wants to talk about, is that Democrats will not allow Asians or Whites into the United States because they will tend to vote Republican. And Republicans are tired of giving preference to African and Latin Americans because they will tend to vote Democratic.

This may not be the humanitarian issue that some maintain. Rather, this may simply be a partisan power struggle. So what’s new?


7 Responses to Trump’s crude comments are nothing new

  1. Sharon Blank says:

    Excellent commentary. So simple to understand. Unfortunate that few will see it but I will share. Thanks.

  2. Kat says:

    Hillary Clinton has a fowl mouth too!

  3. Rodney Carew says:

    Its nice to gain insight to how even highly esteemed leadership talk.In our home we have chosen to use other words to describe the stories you mentioned.Not because we are good and great…but because selecting better words add more value to every discussion..including the value of those being talked about 🙂

  4. nalejbank says:

    Indeed! What’s new? This is paltry and petty when Trump’s reference did not include Haiti but the MSM said it did but later retracted the assertion.
    Unless US domestic fiscal policy and US foreign policy (inclusive of immigration policy) does a pro-american “about face” we too will become another shithole to escape from!
    Question: How many of our immigrant class in the last 20 years were forced to leave their home country by their own governments? I know of none that were exiled or banished and chose to come to the US. Do you?
    Question: How many of that same class chose to go to the US because conditions here were worse than their home country? None I would bet!
    If you were a citizen of a foreign country and you thought of emigrating, wouldn’t you want to go to the best place possible that showed the greatest substantial differences than your home country?
    Logically, that immigrant chose to leave their “shithole” country for a country that is a much less a “shithole” country.
    All of the above just confirms that Trump’s use and application of the word is exactly correct!
    He only spoke what the rest of us have been saying among ourselves for many decades.

  5. Marie-Reine Mukazayire says:

    Saying this has been happening does not make it okay does it? The fact that we have to compare the president of the United States in 2017 who is supposed to still be the leader of the free world to presidents from the 30s itself is problematic. You would think that after all the civil rights movements not just for African Americans but as well as immigrants, took action and decided to speak up there would be progress? Surely one should not be able to draw parallels between a president from the 30s and a president today this easily when it comes to systematic oppression. I am glad you brought light to how messed up presidents have been thus far, but we’ve been saying this! We’ve been saying this whole system is problematic and using examples of white men who (some) were racist and misogynistic and then pointing out that they are democrats so that the Republicans do not seem as bad does not make sense. In the comments, I see people stating that Clinton is foul-mouthed as well, however, the point is: this is not a debate that should be happening in the world today. Have we learned nothing? Have people not progressed? Once immigrants stop being viewed as a danger and people start reading and learning about individual stories, only then will they be humanized and only then can countries work towards finding a solution. Until then, this whole system is messed up, the marginalization of certain groups of people has never stopped, and this and many other things Trump or anyone else does or says should not be justified.

  6. Cynthia L Frankart says:

    Excellent historical perspective Doug Wead! Democrats like to ignore the facts and truth!

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