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'Rapists,' 'Huts': Trump's Racist Dog Whistles Aren't New

On Thursday, President Trump described Haiti and most of Africa with a vulgar term. Here's why that shouldn't surprise you.
Source: Mark Wilson

"Same insult, different day."

Essentially, that was the reaction of many people of color to news on Thursday that President Trump, in a bipartisan gathering to hammer out an immigration deal, had declared the U.S. shouldn't consider taking people from "these shithole countries." The sovereign entities that Trump allegedly reduced to outhouse status were Haiti, El Salvador and most of the African continent. (Trump has since taken to Twitter to deny the claims, saying he "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country." But multiple people have dismissed that denial.)

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