From characterizing Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers to questioning the authenticity of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate to all but saluting white nationalists in Charlottesville Virginia – President Donald Trump has never tried to mask his racism.
The United States’ birther-in-chief recently lived up to his reputation for bigotry when according to Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and others he denounced Haiti – El Salvador and several African nations as ‘sh*thole countries’ – wondering why the U.S. doesn’t invite immigrants from Norway instead.
Norwegians were less than flattered; in fact they’ve said ‘thanks but no thanks’ to the president’s immigration offer.
But while his motivations were clearly racial (Norway is one of the whitest countries in the world) – Trump has endorsed a country whose public policies align with those of Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA); in short everything the modern-day Republican Party despises.
More remarkable still this isn’t the first time the president has praised a country with socialist leanings.
During a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in May 2017 Trump praised Australia for having ‘much better health care’ than the U.S. and it didn’t take long for Sanders to point out that Australia has the type of government-operated universal health care system Republicans bitterly oppose.
But Trump doesn’t understand health care delivery in Australia any more than he understands why Norway has a comparatively higher standard of living.