After President Trump questioned why the U.S should admit immigrants from “shithole countries,” including Haiti and African nations, and called for more immigrants from countries like Norway, HBO host Bill Maher said on Friday that President Trump most consistent quality is that he “loves to pick fights with black people.”
“If Donald Trump keeps insisting that he’s the ‘least racist person anyone has ever met,’ he has to explain why the single most consistent thing in his whole life is he loves to pick fights with black people,” he said on his show, “Real Time with Bill Maher.”
“Of all his myriad insanities, if I had to pick one line for his tombstone it would be: ‘Here lies Donald Trump; picked fights with black people,’ ” Maher quipped.
Maher went on to rattle off a series of feuds Trump has carried on with black people at one point or another over the past several years, including his attacks on former President Obama, NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick, former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderUber hires first-ever chief diversity and inclusion officer A law enforcement report card for Trump’s first year Obama planning to campaign and fundraise for Dems in 2018: report MORE and Rep. Frederica WilsonFrederica Patricia WilsonThe Trump Presidency: Year One Dingell to bring deported Detroit man’s wife to Trump’s first State of the Union CBC chairman ponders boycott, demonstration during State of the Union MORE (D-Fla.).
“I could continue this list, but we’d be here through the end of February, which is Black History Month, or as Trump likes to say, ‘All Months Matter,’ ” Maher said.
The move comes days after US President Donald Trump caused controversy over his tirade that El Salvador, Haiti and African nations were “shitholes countries”.
During a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Trump asked why “all these people from shithole countries” like Haiti, El Salvador and African nations were coming to the U.S. Trump said he wanted people coming to America from countries like Norway instead.
Before he was even elected, Trump raised the ire of many Latinos when he announced he wanted to build a wall to keep Mexicans from coming into the U.S. Most of the people here illegally, he said at a press conference, were “criminals and rapists.” He wanted those “bad hombres” kept out.
Then, months into his presidency, Trump was quoted saying he didn’t want anyone else from Haiti coming to the U.S. because “they all have AIDS.” Later, he told some staff that there were too many Nigerians in the U.S., and future immigration policy should cut way, way back. If you let them in, he warned, they’ll never “go back to their huts.”
Black Americans didn’t escape unscathed either. They should stop their blind allegiance to the Democrats and vote for him, Trump said at a 2016 campaign event, because, “What the hell do you have to lose?” The inner cities, he insisted, were full of crime and poverty — “they’re just hell.”.
Later in the year, Charlottesville, Va., erupted, and white nationalists streamed through the university town’s streets, carrying torches and chanting about how they refused to be replaced by Jews or people of color. There would be no questioning their superiority as white people.
Counterprotests erupted; some became violent, and one woman, Hether Hayer, was killed when a white fascist drove into an integrated crowd and mowed down several people.