I’ve been wanting to write an editorial about President Trump’s alleged comment about Haiti and certain African nations.
We have had our range of presidential characters through American history, as surely any nation can say about their own history of leaders.
Trump is not “all bad.” He is certainly unusual. He is shocking at times, in fact most every day. His way of speaking his mind tends to distract us, and is a major distraction for the major media (perhaps that’s no coincidence). We can hardly focus on ongoing issues with all the controversy and “damage control” over what “he” said or tweeted this time. Our federal legislators know all about that.
Some days it could be funny, if it wasn’t so serious. We are talking about the president of the United States of America, about vital national and world issues, and of America’s place in the parade of nations. It’s easy for folks in other counties to get a laugh over the latest from the U.S. leader- it’s not their country, after all.
His alleged derogatory comment about Haiti and the African nations was very disturbing. Trying so hard to give benefit of the doubt, perhaps Trump did not intend it as a smear on any race, but rather on the troubles many of these nations experience, in terms of abject poverty, malnutrition, political turmoil and civil unrest.
On the other hand, if that is so, why would he not welcome anyone coming to the U.S., the supposed Land of Plenty, where freedom rings and we have traditionally welcomed immigrants? In the 1840’s, the Irish came in waves, fleeing a terrible potato famine. Did President James Polk call Ireland any name like Trump is charged with saying? Were the Irish not welcome?
Having been to Haiti a few times on church mission trips, and having known Haitians as friends, I can attest that Haiti is a troubled land, but it is also a beautiful place, and a wonderful people. They have a vibrant culture. Haitian immigrants have made an amazing contribution to the U.S.
Hopefully Mr. Trump can one day learn to think before he speaks or tweets.