Three White House officials said Perdue and Cotton told the White House that they heard shithouse' rather than shithole,' allowing them to deny the president's comments on television over the weekend, Credibility is like virginity. You only get to lose it once. read more
David Corn: Once again, the political-media world is in a tizzy over a Donald Trump remark. In a White House meeting on Thursday, he ... oh, you know what happened. ... Trump's "s---hole" moment was years in the making. With the nation -- or at least, part of it -- trying to come to terms with this latest manifestation of Trump's vileness, it's a good time to remember a fundamental reality: Trump became racist-in-chief because Republicans and conservatives embraced him and normalized his racism-driven politics. ... His racist comment is much more than the latest reminder of his dark soul; it is a reflection of the values (or lack thereof) of a party and movement that has accepted Trump and elevated him to its highest rank.
Kevin Jennings, Los Angeles Times: For those clamoring for a wall against immigrants, it may come as a surprise to learn that there were no federal laws concerning immigration until well into the history of the United States. When people say "my ancestors came here legally," they're probably right. For the first century of the country's existence, anyone could land here and walk right off the boat with no papers of any kind ... The first federal general immigration law was enacted in 1882. It prohibited from entering the U.S. "any convict, lunatic, idiot, or any person unable to take care of himself or herself without becoming a public charge." In other words, unless you were physically or mentally incapable of taking care of yourself, you were in -- unless you were Chinese. That's because the first sweeping federal restriction on immigration also came in 1882, in the form of the Chinese Exclusion Act. read more
Today is the day many American politicians pretend to care about the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr, one of the wisest souls who attempted to save this sorry nation. Don't fall for their scams. Modern day Republicans and Democrats often speak as if they love King, even as they excoriate the real heirs to his legacy: the Black Lives Matter activists and other social justice warriors who fight for racial and economic liberation. But the truth is, many of these American politicians would have hated King when he was alive as much as they hypocritically dishonor his radical legacy today. As you listen to American politicians from both parties invoke MLK, think about if their actions live up to King's vision of justice and push them as hard as he would have when they fall short. read more
A video posted on Twitter last night shows the innovative work of a national hero who projected "This Place is a S---hole" onto the walls of the Trump International Hotel. read more