People Are Pointing Out The Same Thing Over Trump’s Alleged 'S**thole' Remark
US President Donald Trump has (again) caused an almighty shitstorm after, what his supporters would say, he 'told it like it is'. During a bipartisan meeting, the leader of America reportedly said he would prefer immigrants from Norway rather than 'shithole' countries in Africa and the Caribbean.
Unsurprisingly, it's drawn criticism from just about everyone with a keyboard and an internet connection.
The United Nations has branded the remarks as 'racist', with spokesperson Robert Coleville saying: "If confirmed these are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States."
But if you have a look on social media, a lot of people are highlighting an interesting point about what Mr Trump allegedly said.
Has anyone explained to Trump that Norwegians don't emigrate to the US because they'd rather live in Norway?
- Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) January 13, 2018
@realDonaldTrump no one from Norway wants to come to this shithole country. They have healthcare for all, family leave, free education and real gun control. https://t.co/yL0gmS55Yw
- Michael J. McDonald (@MMStearnsCastle) January 11, 2018
Of course people from #Norway would love to move to a country where people are far more likely to be shot, live in poverty, get no healthcare because they're poor, get no paid parental leave or subsidized daycare and see fewer women in political power. #Shithole
- Christian Christensen (@ChrChristensen) January 11, 2018
•Named Happiest Country
•Named Best Country To Live In by UN
•Named Most Prosperous Country
Norwegians, reading today's news from the States:
"Why in the world would we want to go to that #shithole country?" https://t.co/oSmMDZRonK
- :flag_us: (@TheMrJayBrown) January 11, 2018
People are happily pointing out that if you compare America and Norway - the Scandinavian country wins on virtually everything.
They have free healthcare, the highest happiness level according to the OECD index (whatever that means), higher life expectancy, low crime rate, paid parental leave, subsidised childcare, more gender equal political representation, a larger per capita GDP, shorter working hours, five weeks of paid holidays and tuition-free tertiary education.
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According to a tweet from Statistics Norway, only 502 Norwegians immigrated to America in 2016, which is 52 fewer than 2015.
Commentators suggest Trump used Norway as an example of a non-shithole country only because he recently met with the country's President Erna Solberg.
Citizens from these countries which Trump allegedly called a shithole have also been posted on social media their achievements.
I'm a future Doctor.
I'm a medical student.
I have 3 degrees.
I speak 3 languages.
I'm published in Psych-Oncology.
I'm a member of Zeta Phi Beta.
I'm from a #ShitHole country! pic.twitter.com/NXeQCjhLTH
- Señorita :cherry_blossom: (@AF_ROdisiac) January 12, 2018
Future career in Medicine.
I can read in write in two languages.
I sit on the board of directors for a non profit I'm creating.
I'm a humanitarian & first generation children have my :heart:
Im from a #shithole country pic.twitter.com/URdrLThg8S
- Nyalong (@balangchuol) January 12, 2018
I'm a future News Editor.
I'm a Journalism & Media Studies Postgraduate Student.
I have 3 degrees.
I speak 6 languages.
I'm a 2018 Hazelhurst Fellow.
I'm a Postgraduate Merit Award holder.
I'm from a #ShitHole country :flag_za: pic.twitter.com/DYadcLXNxI
- Takalani Sioga (@TakalaniSioga) January 12, 2018
They illustrate that while their countries don't have the same GDP or economic prowess, it doesn't mean they don't have incredibly hard-working, dedicated, intelligent, caring and motivated people living there.
The US President has tried to cover his tracks on his wildly divisive comments, posting on Twitter: "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!
"Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said 'take them out'. Made up by Dems.
"I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"
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