September 23, 2023

Fox News just defended Trump’s “shithole” comments and CNN’s Jake Tapper went off on them

It appears there is no degradation, no slander, no overtly racist comment that Trump can utter that Fox News won’t defend. The conservative network has completely transformed into state media, parroting the president’s nonsensical talking points and pandering to his bigoted base on a daily basis.

Yesterday, President Trump complained that the United States is accepting immigrants from “shitholes” like El Salvador, Haiti, and Africa when it could be taking more people in from (mostly white) countries like Norway. Most people were rightfully outraged by the heinous comments, but Fox News rushed to Trump’s defense.

Jesse Watters, a Fox pundit as ignorant as he is inarticulate, went on air and said that the “forgotten men and women of America talk at the bar” with the same language Trump used.

What Watters failed to mention is that most people were less offended by the term “shithole” than the fact that Trump was advocating for fewer people of color to enter the country.

Watters then took it a step further and said that many Americans don’t like seeing immigrants from countries like Haiti and Niger. In other words, it appears that Watters is every bit as racist as Donald Trump.

CNN’s Jake Tapper refused to let Watters’ disgusting defense of the president go unanswered.

“There is a word for people who go to bars and denigrate black people but the word is not ‘forgotten’,” Tapper said, rightfully implying that anyone who behaves in the manner Watters described is racist.

Men like Watters are cowards who act as shields for the worst elements of this country. Good on Tapper for calling him out for his veiled hatred of people of color.

Robert Haffey

Robert Haffey is a political writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.