Suddenly a word which had never appeared in respectable newspapers, or uttered on TV news, is seen and heard everywhere. According to a Democratic Senator, and apparently confirmed by a Republican Senator, Donald Trump wanted to know why we had to accept immigrants from “shithole countries” rather than, for example, Norway. Though other Republicans at the meeting somehow didn’t hear it, the word immediately galvanized the work of satirists in every medium.
In the New York Times Andy Borowoitz proposed this headline: “Trump Demands Poem On Statue of Liberty Be Revised to Exclude Shithole Countries.”
A satirical magazine reported that Norway had renamed itself “Shithole” as “a message of goodwill,”
Among late night hosts Trevor Noah, from South Africa, complained that “as someone from South Shithole, I am offended”, and Stephen Colbert insisted that countries derided by Trump are not not shithole countries. “For one thing, Donald Trump is not their President.”
But it was the cartoonists who launched the harshest critiques of Tromp’s gross remarks. There were the inevitable Statue of Liberty invitations to “go away”; but toilet humor dominated: Trump’s comments flushed down a toilet bowl; or farted from his rear; or printed on a toilet roll; the staff cleaning up the messes befouling the White House; and the White House drawn as an outhouse.
Every President has been satirized, some savagely. In this respect, as in so many others, Donald Trump has invited a new, more ludicrous, standard.