The ELD Museum’s Word of the Year Committee chose “Sad” as the Word of the Year for 2017, “not to spotlight any of Trump’s nasty and venomous attacks” (which he would often punctuate with “Sad.”), but because our country is in an "incredibly sad state of affairs.”
One of our saddest Word of the Year entries was “on many sides,” posted on December 29th. The post included the following:
When Donald Trump insulted entire ethnic and religious groups, I did not think he could go any lower. Then he mocked the disabled, and I thought he could go no lower. Then he insulted Gold Star families and war heroes, and I thought he could go no lower. Then he stepped off an Access Hollywood bus and admitted he was a sexual predator, and I thought he could go no lower. Then came the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Trump refused to denounce the KKK and the Nazis because there were "fine people" there -- and he condemned hate "on many sides" in response to the terror and violence of White Nationalists.
How low can Trump go? At this time in his presidency, we cannot answer that question. We just don't know. Sad.
Today, Trump sank even lower into his swamp: In a meeting with lawmakers in the Oval Office, Trump derided immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries. He called these countries “shithole countries” and wondered why we do not attract more immigrants from Norway.
Today’s sickening incident is not the first time “shithole countries” has made the headlines. No, back in the 1800s, Drittereich Drümpf, a distant relative of Donald Trump’s, referred to a host of countries as “shithole countries." At that time even the Republican party censured his remarks.
More Information on Drittereich Drümpf is HERE, HERE and HERE.
Poet Emmett Lee Dickinson (Emily Dickinson’s third cousin, twice removed – at her request) was incensed, and he wrote a short poem “The Shithole Countries – like the Others” (below on the left). His poem inspired third cousin Emily to pen her poem “Between My Country – and the Others” (below on the right).
By Emmett Lee Dickinson:
The Shithole Countries – like the Others –
Have Dignity –
But Morons – differentiate between us –
By Emily Dickinson:
Between My Country -- and the Others –
There is a Sea –
But Flowers – negotiate between us –
I would like to know who was in the room with Trump when he made this racist comment. Did even ONE of them shout, "ENOUGH"? Or did they all laugh and nod their heads?