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The Morning Briefing: Trump's a Racist, Gov't Shut-Down and Much, Much More

Good Tuesday morning.

Here is what's on the president's agenda today:

  • In the afternoon, the president will greet President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan.
  • He will then meet with President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
  • Trump will participate in joint press statements with President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
  • Afterwards, the president will participate in a working lunch with President Nursultan Nazarbayev

Holy sh!thole we're still talking about this

The lefty media and political jesters are still obsessed with President Trump's purported remark about Haiti and/or African countries being sh!tholes. The most current obsession focuses on how Trump's a racist. When this story first broke I made the observation that describing a country as a "sh!thole" is not the same as disparaging the people who live in those countries. My observation is not special, it's obvious. Nevertheless, it is a useful idea for the president's detractors in the media and in the Congress, so MLK Day was spent accusing the president of being a racist.

First up we have Martin Luther King Jr. III, who said that Trump's vulgar comments are "extremely racist"

"Some may go further and say he is a racist. What I am saying is his comments were extraordinarily racist," King said.

What is racism? That's a good question. These days the charge has become a useful tool to shut up anyone who brings up an inconvenient subject for discussion, which is unfortunate because it denigrates actual racism. President Trump fired back at chief instigator "Dicky" Durbin. "Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting. Deals can't be made when there is no trust! Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our military," said Trump.

Politico participated in the pile-on with its own special brand of concern-trolling in a thinkpiece called Did the AIDS Panic Make Trump Afraid of Haitians?

The Hill has a report that the president told attendees at his bi-partisan immigration reform meeting that he would not cater to the demands of the Congressional Black Caucus. Why should he? CBC members have boycotted his inauguration and plan to boycott the State of the Union speech.

Trump reportedly dismissed Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) when he suggested that Trump consider the CBC’s demands, and that those lawmakers would be more amendable to an agreement if certain countries were given immigration protections.

Trump replied by saying that he didn’t really care about the influential group’s wishes and that he would not create immigration policy to cater to them, according to The Post.

Influential group.

There are so many anti-Trump narratives the Left is pushing I have whiplash: Trump hates women, Trump's a sexual predator, Trump's a racist, Trump is a tool of the Russian government, Trump is insane, Trump needs to get 25th Amendmented, and on and on... Is anyone listening to this crap anymore?