Sh*tholegate becomes sh*tholemania

Sh*tholegate becomes sh*tholemania
Actual sh*thole

Here a sh*thole, there a sh*thole, everywhere a sh*thole-sh*thole.

What started off as an intended gotcha for the president has metamorphosed into a sh*tholefest. Media outlets that consider themselves respectable (so respectable that they would never dare utter such obscenities as illegal alien) have begun tossing out the sh*thole epithet with alacrity, all of course in the name of journalistic precision.

The first to sling sh*t(hole) was the Washington Post, which has since followed up with a battery of articles on this critical issue, including one published yesterday under the somewhat misleading title “The Trump ‘shithole countries’ flap takes an even more ridiculous turn.”

You might expect from its headline that the piece is self-critical or that the paper is calling for a moratorium on potty-mouthed commentaries by the so-called elite press. But columnist Aaron Blake has other fecal matter to fry: He justified getting two sh*ts in in print for the price of one by writing, “Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) believe Trump said ‘shithouse’ rather than ‘shithole.'”

Monday’s New York Times carried the same piece of vital information in a column that speculates on whether immigration talks will be shut down over Trump’s vulgar characterization of third-world countries:

A White House official who spoke on condition of anonymity suggested on Monday that Mr. Trump had said “shithouse countries,” not “shithole countries.” Mr. Durbin expressed disbelief that anyone would see a substantive difference between the terms.

U.S. News for its part has an op-ed out today titled “Donald Trump’s ‘Shithole’ Roots,” which shares the “bombshell” that “a key member of President Trump’s family, like members of my own family who immigrated to the U.S. from Scotland, came from what could also fairly be described as a ‘shithole.'”

The article’s intended message for Trump can be summed as “Take that!” or “The third world is rubber, and you are glue.” But in reality it has the reverse effect. It is a reflection of the fact that any immigrant to the United States who has come here seeking refuge from persecution hails from one sh*thole or another. If my grandparents were still living, I suspect they would concede that the Jewish pale of Russia, which they abandoned in the hopes of a better life in America, was a sh*thole.

Finally, there is this video posted by a Nigerian living in the U.S.

Here’s hoping that eventually, the mainstream media will get bored with repeating the word sh*thole and return to their previous fascination with merely lying.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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