Posted January 12, 2018 at 12:29 PM | Updated January 12, 2018 at 12:42 PM
President Trump is now denying that he ever described developing nations as “shithole countries” during a meeting in the Oval Office with lawmakers, who were there to discuss protecting immigrants as part of a bipartisan immigration deal.
But he is acknowledging that he did use “tough” language in the context of the debate over whether to take in people from said shitholes, and in so doing, he is only confirming that the mask has now been torn off for good.
Multiple TV journalists have flatly declared that Trump has revealed himself as a racist.
It’s good that it’s now safe to say this on prime-time television, but we already knew that. What this episode also does is shatter the endless euphemisms and dissembling that Trump and his allies have employed to obscure a related truth: that the nationalism at the core of Trumpism is heavily driven by a reactionary backlash to the current ethnic and racial mix of the U.S. population — it is white nationalism, despite all the what-me-racist protestation to the contrary.
Trump’s comments also reveal that this basic truth is shaping the White House’s policy stances in the current immigration debate, something that is also being obscured with all sorts of rhetorical trickery.
Trump’s comments have upended the…