The Hidden Moral of Trump’s Insults

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The Horizon By KAYODE KOMOLAFE, Email: kayode.komolafe@thisdaylive.com. Tel No: 08055001974

The Horizon By Kayode Komolafe kayode.komolafe@thisdaylive.com 0805 500 1974

The most popular response from Nigeria   to the shithole insult from the United States President Donald Trump is, perhaps, the one that goes like this: Trump’s statement hurts, but he is telling the truth about the African condition. For this group of critics, that is the moral of the unfortunate story.  An attempt is being made to infuse some logic into an insane statement.

In dismissing the case for immigrants from Africa, Haiti, El Salvador and other places Trump reportedly asked: “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?”

Despite some attempts to deny the story, some American congressmen who were at the meeting have insisted they heard Trump say so. In any case, that Trump is an incurable racist and irredeemable bigot is hardly deniable. Besides, what is the moral fibre of Mr. Trump, who is now providing the clues for some commentators to criticise the African condition? Only eight months ago, in a rare pursuit of the public good 27 American psychiatrists and mental health experts   questioned the mental state of their president. Their concerns have been put together in a book entitled The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump. In fact, a few days ago, one of these professionally courageous experts actually briefed the congress on the mental state of Mr. Trump. While Trump is still probably a philosopher-king in the Nigerian social media, decent Americans are embarrassed about the sort of statements their president has been making in the last one year. At the close of last year, the American ambassador in Panama, Mr. John Feeley, felt “honour-bound” to resign his appointment because he could no longer stand by Trump’s policies in the South America.  That is the president   whose ignorant statement is now inspiring a cohort of critics in this land strangely imbued with an orgy of self-flagellation.

 An unrepentant racist president employed insults in articulating his government’s anti-immigrants policies. In response some commentators in Nigeria, the largest African country, are incredibly admitting that they actually live in shitholes all in the name of criticising poor governance and underdevelopment.  That’s the real tragedy thrown up by Trump’s abuse, which many rational persons must have elected to ignore just as Trumpspeak. The hidden moral of the story could be found in this confounding response from Nigeria. There is absolutely nothing to rationalise in Trump’s insults. So the matter becomes doubly tragic when the targets of the insult now attempt to locate some logic in a purely vulgar statement.

The point at issue is an intangible one; it is actually the premium placed on the dignity of the human person and the right and duty of every human being to insist on the respect of that human attribute whether in poor or rich circumstance. The Trump-has-a- point line is riddled with a high dose of Afropessimism. It’s symptomatic of a moral collapse, manifesting in a loss of self-respect.  A person should demand respect for his human dignity from another in any situation he finds himself. That is why the response from decent quarters of the world has been a condemnation of Trump without reservation. The United Nations Commission for Human Rights has spoken for the decent people on the planet in this respect. The African Union has also upheld the legacy of its forebears by demanding a “retraction and apology” from the White House. At the national level, the official and non-official responses have been varied and very instructive on the consciousness about human dignity. When you compare the official and unofficial responses from big Nigeria to the ones from small Botswana, this consciousness becomes more striking. The government of Botswana swiftly denounced Trump and asserted the dignity of its people. Nigeria officially took its time to respond.  Only two days ago a response came in a statement from Abuja. The Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the United States of America in Abuja, Ambassador David Young, reportedly told Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama that “the derogatory remark allegedly made by the US President Donald Trump against Africans was neither here nor there owing to the different versions” of the reports of the meeting in which Trump made the statement. So the “veracity” of the statement should be doubted, according to Ambassador Young, who said America would continue “to hold the people of Nigeria in very high regard…” Well, diplomats at both sides of the game are entitled to their styles.

In the past, Nigeria’s style would be different. The contemporary Abuja diplomatic style could not, of course, be compared with that of 42 years ago when General Murtala Mohammed delivered the famous “Africa Has Come of Age” speech in a summit of Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in response to the moves by America to influence the Nigerian position on the decolonisation process in southern Africa. Mohammed called a letter from the United States President Gerald Ford at the eve of the OAU meeting a “gross insult.” Mohammed made the bold statement to the acclaim of other African leaders at the meeting. That was leadership acting with dignity of purpose.

To be sure, Nigerians and other Africans should criticise the African condition as combatively as they could until the problems are solved. It is legitimate to express anger about poverty, joblessness, ignorance and disease plaguing the landscape of Africa’s political economy. It is also a duty to do so.  It is even more politically important to join in the efforts take democratic steps to transform the condition. Yes, the Nigerian   reality is defined by poor power supply, bad roads and less than decent housing. Yet, nothing in the Nigerian condition makes it a shithole. In other words, all the negative indices of development that define the economy, society and polity could be deprecated in the sharpest tone without unwittingly drawing inspiration from Trump. Trump was not making any intelligent critique of the unacceptable underdevelopment of Africa; he was just exhibiting his bad manners by insulting peoples of African descent. He is making no sense at all. It is, therefore, an expression of loss of self-respect and hope for any Nigerian to rationalise a collective insult to Africa.

The story is another poignant reminder that long after the more tangible questions of development must have been answered the moral, cultural and intellectual decay might take a while to tackle.  In a tenure of four years, a government with a sense of purpose and vision could build some highways, increase power supply, create millions of jobs and invest more in the social sector to raise the quality of education and healthcare delivery without limiting the access of the poor these good things of life. However, it may take more than tenure to change the orientation of a generation that cannot distinguish vulgar insults from reasoned arguments and informed criticisms. Unfortunately, this aspect of the underdevelopment story is not yet hitting the headlines.

 

Between Farmers and Herdsmen

By Femi Falana

 Following the tragic killing of 73 people during the violent attack on Logo and Guma in Benue State January 1, 2018, Chief Paul Unongo, a former minister had accused former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of masterminding the crisis since he is a patron of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association. Although Alhaji Abubakar promptly denied the allegation and threatened to institute a libel suit in court the governors of Nasarawa and Plateau states, Governors Tanko Al-Makura and Simon Lalong respectively, have publicly blamed their Benue state colleague, Governor Samuel Ortom for the tragic killing. As far as both governors are concerned, it was the enactment of the Open Grazing Prohibition Law of Benue state, which provoked the violent attack.

But the two chief executives did not explain the basis of the reckless killing of farmers in Benue state before the enactment of the law or the incessant killing of hundreds of farmers by herdsmen in other states of the federation. In fact, after the Benue incident, not less than 10 people have been killed by herdsmen in Kaduna state. Apart from the fact that Kaduna state has no anti grazing law Governor Nasir El-Rufai once announced that he had paid an undisclosed sum of money to the herdsmen to stop further killing of unarmed farmers in the state! Even Governor Ortom has not been left out of the blame game. In his presentation to the visiting Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Security the governor said that the authorities in Abuja should be held liable for the crisis for ignoring several warnings of the impending attack. However, upon realizing the futility of blaming the Benue state government over the tragic incident, Governor Lalong has displayed maturity by apologizing for his comments.

But in his reaction to the tragic incident in Benue State, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamed Sanusi and Patron of Miyeti Allah alleged that over 800 Fulani people were brutally killed by ethnic militias in Taraba state in one weekend last year. In denying the allegation the Taraba state government has said that in the violent clash, which occurred between the Fulani and Mambilla people in Sadauna last year “both sides suffered casualties and the figure of death from both sides put together was nothing close to genocide.” With respect, the revered Emir ought not to have waited for the killing of 73 people in Benue state before crying out over what he has described as “these acts of ethnic cleansing” by some influential people in Taraba state. We ought to have built a nation whereby the killing of every citizen is viewed as an assault on our collective humanity.

On that note, the Taraba state government and the Nigeria Police Force should ensure the prosecution of all persons indicted by the Justice Nuhu Adi commission of inquiry, which investigated the crisis and has since submitted its report to Governor Darius Ishiaku. However, in moments of ethno-religious crises, traditional rulers, political office holders and religious leaders and should desist from making inflammatory statements which are capable of aggravating violence in the society. It is high time the political elite stopped the practice of blaming the victims of injustice in the land. Since the federal government has a legal duty to protect the life and property of every citizen it has failed to put an end to the perennial violent conflicts between farmers and cattle herdsmen which have needlessly claimed many lives and destruction of properties worth several billions of Naira in many states of the federation.

The official negligence of the federal government cannot be justified because, as far back as May 2016, the authorities in Abuja had rightly decided to establish ranches in line with modern practice in civilized countries. The plan was announced by the Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Chief Audu Ogbe at a public hearing organized by the Senate Committees on Agriculture, and National Security and Intelligence on May 3, 2016. On that occasion, the Minister of State, Agriculture, Honourable Heineken Lokpobiri, who represented Chief Audu Ogbe said that as a result of climate change resulting from global warming and desertification, herdsmen had no option than to migrate southwards to find pastures for their animals, which now faced starvation in the North. Mr. Lokpobiri pointed out that nomadic cattle rearing had become obsolete and this was why ranches were a necessity to provide adequate food to the cattle and forestall unnecessary clashes. He further said that with ranches, the livestock would be healthier, more productive, while the herdsmen would avoid unnecessary attacks and would also be able to give their children opportunity to be educated.

On May 30, 2016, Chief Audu Ogbe justified the decision to establish ranches across the country during the National Summit of Traditional Rulers in Nigeria. In his address at the summit the Minister said that the federal government had dropped the idea of acquiring grazing. He allayed the fears of governors who had thought that land in their states would be compulsory acquired when said “Either way, ranches will not be established on lands extracted from communities, people have to farm in the ranches. In some parts of the North, some governors have given as much as 5,000 hectares of land, some even 10,000 hectares. Our job is to bring the right kind of crops, do the right kind of water source and provide veterinary services because some of these cows have some disease issues. We cannot afford to allow cows and human beings mix the way they are doing now. The essence is to stop the crisis. Too many people have died, there is too much violence in the land, and we can’t go on like that. We can’t boast to the rest of the world that we thrive in killing each other. It is not right.”

Having decided to establish ranches the federal government announced that it was determined to disarm the herdsmen. The decision had been announced by the Agriculture Minister, Chief Ogbe in an extensive interview published in the May 4, 2016 edition of the Vanguard newspaper when he said “The army, the police should find them wherever they are now and take the guns from them as the first step. They carry AK47s on the necks, they tie them around the bellies of the cows, and they must be disarmed immediately. But since the federal government has neither established the ranches not disarmed the herdsmen the reign of terror has continued in Benue, Taraba and many other states. Instead of apologizing to the nation for such official negligence the federal government has turned round to compound the crisis by announcing the decision to drop ranches for cattle colonies. Since the volte-face is based on the objection of a few powerful cattle owners the federal government has been accused of insincerity in addressing the crisis.

But the federal government is merely playing on words, as there is no difference between ranches and cattle colonies. In fact, the arguments of Chief Ogbe for ranches and cattle colonies are the same. In defending the new policy, Chief Ogbe said that “The federal government is planning a programme called cattle colonies, not ranches but colonies, where at least 5000 hectares of land would be made available, adequate water and adequate pasture would be made available. We also want to stop cattle from roaming the streets, farms and other areas, as they will henceforth be provided with water and adequate security by the rangers, adequate pasture milk collection and even security against rustlers to enable them live normal life. This has been successfully done in India, Ethiopia and even Brazil.” What Chief Ogbe did not say is that cattle colonies are called ranches in India, Ethiopia and Brazil!

Since the establishment of ranches is in the national interest and in the interest of cattle owners and breeders the federal government should restrain Chief Ogbe from confusing the Nigerian people with his pet project of cattle colonies. Having concluded arrangements to establish ranches the federal government should go ahead and convince the members of the Miyetti Allah to embrace the concept. This should not be a difficult assignment since powerful cattle owners and the patrons of Miyetti Allah have endorsed the concept of ranches. For instance, in his passionate defence of the Meyati Allah, Emir Sanusi has blamed the crisis on “failure of political authority, the cynical manipulation of ethnic identity by failed governments and the impotence of our security machinery”. More importantly, the Emir did not hesitate to declare support for all efforts to attract investment into cattle rearing. According to him, “This is global best practice. Capital is put into development of ranches and grazing areas, herdsmen settle. Their cattle are healthier and fatter, they sell their milk products and beef, their children go to school and they are economically much better off. This is what we all want.”

The federal government should immediately enter into dialogue with the patrons and leaders of the Miyetti Allah to work out the logistics for establishing ranches in the states with large-scale livestock. It has to be made abundantly clear to the members of the Miyetti Allah that the freedom of movement of herdsmen and their cattle is circumscribed by the rights of farmers to life and property. Furthermore, that no one is authorized to bear weapons and that the killing of any unarmed person in any part of the country is punishable with death. However, not a few people have questioned the wisdom in involving the federal government in the establishment of ranches. But Chief Ogbe has stoutly defended the involvement of the federal government in the establishment of ranches when he said that, “We have spent money on cocoa, rice, groundnut, we have spent money on tomato and other fruits, palm oil, we are doing researches on these and nobody has really done much for the herdsmen and we have forgotten.”

However, until the Miyetti Allah recently announced that it had decided to launch reprisal attacks in Benue and other states wherever the Fulani people are attacked the federal government had given the impression that the armed herdsmen were nationals of Senegal, Mali, Niger and Libya. But whether the herdsmen are Nigerians or foreigners it is indisputable, as Professor Biodun Jeyifo has observed, that this is the first time in the history of Nigeria that any armed group has been allowed to possess arms and ammunition and attack law abiding citizens without any challenge from the neo-colonial State. Of course, the Buhari regime is right in saying that the herdsmen were not disarmed by previous regimes. But having crushed other armed groups in the country the Buhari administration cannot justify the decision to treat the armed herdsmen like sacred cows.

Therefore, it is high time the armed herdsmen were disarmed by the federal government. At the same time, the much-delayed ranches should be established while all feuding communities are reconciled. With ranches and abattoirs established in a few states, meat would be prepared in large scale and distributed throughout the country and possibly exported. That is what has been done in Botswana, which are the largest producer and exporter of meat in Africa. That southern African country of 2.2 million people with a cattle population of over 3 million has successfully stopped violent clashes between farmers and cattle herdsmen. Once ranches and abattoirs are established in Nigeria, all controversial anti grazing laws would become spent while Governor Ayo Fayose would not have any basis to risk the lives of the hunters in Ekiti state by mobilizing and equipping them with local guns to confront AK 47-bearing herdsmen!

*Mr. Falana is Senior Advocate of Nigeria

  • demo

    Thank you Mr. Komolafe.
    To the defenders of Trump, i say shame! To his defenders on tis forum, I suggest reading James Baldwin, or Fanon. Shame!

    • William Norris

      I thought the message of Fannon was that the ultimate destiny of Blacks was to become White.

      No?

      • demo

        Not quite. What Fanon articulated well is how “White” and “Black” are simply metaphors for power and the lack of. Power is more illusory than the “powerful” imagine it, which is something the “weak” sense too well, even as they participate in the structures and processes that serve to reproduce their own subjugation (e.g., elite appeals to race and ethnicity). This is also what makes Fanon relevant to the Nigerian situation. He helps illuminate how and why the Nigerian elite class remains vacuous at its core. The problem is literalness, or in Nigerian-speak, “follow-follow”. I see this on display when you say, “the message of Fanon is that the ultimate destiny of Blacks was to become White”. This same literalness is evident in the arguments put forth by defenders of Trump. What Fanon puts forth is vision of radical humanism, one in which both rich and poor, White and Black, are inextricably bound; we all rise together or sink together. Visionary leaders understand the productive power unleashed when all units of society have a fair chance to contribute and their contributions welcomed. This is also the promise of liberal democracies. Trump, as a purveyor of racial hatred and acrimony, shames this tradition and is a disgrace to human decency.

        • William Norris

          Fanon is the racist. Not Trump

  • Nanw

    Prove Donald Trump wrong. Period.

  • Ay
    • Iskacountryman

      child…donald trump is entitled to his opinion…

  • Don Franco

    Dear Kayode:

    I’m struggling not to ascribe the term Mummu to you; how do you dispute that the Zoo is a Shithole, of the worst possible kind; when even a failed state like Libya is selling your citizens into slavery at $400 per head?

  • Olufemi Bello

    A prominent man’s father was a thief,a known thief in village A.One day, a mad man from village B had a misunderstanding with the man from village A. The man from village B called the man from village A the son of a thief . Oga Kolawole, do we now say that the mad man is lying just because he is mad ? A man who lavishes his earnings on beer, women and parties while his wife and children wallow in abject poverty will never be respected by his neighbors. A pithole is not a comfortable place to live in. Please Kola , to be honest with ourselves , is Nigeria an averagely comfortable place to live in today considering our human and mineral resources ?Are you annoyed because pithole is said by Racist President Trump ? Now that President Trump said he did not say so, does that remove the fact that majority of Africans are living in HELL? For Africa to be respected,her leaders must work hard to earn it. In the last 20 year, China and India have taken more than 100million people out of poverty respectively in their countries while more people are getting poorer in Africa.

    • Michael Kadiri SocioPolitical

      Thank you Olufemi

      I think people are missing the point. Because we do not like the messenger, we are not listening to the message. Even when our children are dying in the Med fleeing to Europe, we still do not want to hear the message.

      • Toby

        Because the messenger is white. Call me a nigger, am fine with that but a white man calls me nigger? we go slug it out. Period!

        • Michael Kadiri SocioPolitical

          My brother, u r right and America also has a racist problem. But don’t be mistaken American Presidents look after America and Americans in general believe what Trump said and they are angry with him because diplomatically he should not have said it.
          Our fellow black brother Obama thinks the same and showed it with his actions and his deeds. Go and visit his policies against Nigeria when he was President and you may come to the same conclusion as me that the world is governed more by interest than race!

      • Don Franco

        Dear MSKP:

        You once expressed your displeasure at my use of the word “Zoo” to describe our third-world banana of a republic, and writing in zoological terms about our illiterate ruler and his cabal; now no less a personality than the President of those United States has informed us that worse than a Zoo; we’re actually a Shithole, a latrine, in effect. Chai!
        Maybe your apology should be in order Lol….

    • Toby

      What did the son of the thief do? I am interested to read his response.

      If the illiterate Whiteman who lives in a rural America does not respect a very educated and rich black African, how do you think he will respect a very well developed Africa? To this poor illiterate Whiteman, Dangote is a shit. Obama was a shit to him. Let’s think about it.

      The worst things that happened to Africa and black people were slavery and colonialism. Every black, now and future will deal with it. To see and hear fellow blacks justify a racist attack from a bigoted racist man who happens to be a president of America by the ugliness of our living conditions in Nigeria or rest of Africa, not only misses the point but very saddening.

      • Olufemi Bello

        He reported to the king of the village and the king placated him but asked him to find out about the background of his family. Now , coming to the real issue. Pls. Just imagine that majority of African Leaders have followed the path of working assiduously for the progress and development of their people instead war and corruption, even if they are not there yet, I have no doubts in my mind that the world will respect Africa.

        • Toby

          The truth is that the world (America and Europe) will still not respect you. If an average illiterate or blue collar or village white man can’t respect rich black men or wealthy black men then you must understand that their disdain is on your skin color. A belief that the dark skinned is an inferior being. This is the mindset of Trump which every black who has the privilege of access to the internet or thisday back page should be pushing back.

        • Toby

          The truth is that the world (America and Europe) will still not respect you. If an average illiterate or blue collar or village white man can’t respect rich black men or wealthy black men then you must understand that their disdain is on your skin color. A belief that the dark skinned is an inferior being. This is the mindset of Trump which every black who has the privilege of access to the internet or thisday back page should be pushing back.

  • Michael Kadiri SocioPolitical

    Trust me, the reason that the American media is litigating this issue is not because (many of them, having travelled to Africa) do not believe that Africa is not a shithole, it is because they believe that the President should NOT be saying these things in public because it may hurt America’s interests.

    We, as usual are insisting, in spite of the evidence all around us, that we are not a shithole country. It is good to feel good but when it is without merit or evidence, it is engaging in an over-inflated opinion of ourselves.

    I can see how the educated, the privileged, the well travelled and well healed might feel offended. But it is not about us. It is about the rest who largely live depressing lives under $2 per day. It is about the girl child in Africa who largely has no chance and is going to be the victim of discrimination and much worse. If you are born poor in Africa, you will most likely die poor with no chance and hope for upward mobility and that is why the young in Nigeria prefer to be slaves in the heavenly West than Kings in their hell.

    As for calling the President racist, he maybe, probably is on evidence but American institutions will soon protect American people. America has always been “America First” whether they tell you or not. It remains the greatest country on earth, the biggest economy, the biggest democracy and the land of the free, home of the brave where many thousands of our own people have gone to flourish because the place they come from has been less kind to them. What institutions do we have to protect us from our President. Is our President racist?

    I accept that it is not nice when others label you. But I believe that Nigerians are clever people and we know what they really think of us. We also know that much of the disrespect is due to how we and our leaders have projected ourselves. You cannot insist on respect when you don’t respect yourself.

    All our screaming and shouting “how dare you” is largely froth.

    We should do what the Chinese, Indians and Japanese did when the West laughed at them and made derogatory remarks about even how they physically looked. They quietly developed themselves and today, China owns much of America’s securities and they are probably quietly saying “who is laughing now”.

    Wouldn’t it be interesting if one day a Nigerian company owned Microsoft or Chrysler or American workers were always desperate to come to find work in an amazing NIgerian economy. Sounds laughable right? But that’s what the world thought about Chinese and Indians and today, your Range Rover Sport is owned by the Indian company Tata and the biggest selling mobile phone is not Apple.

    How I wish we spent the energy of shouting back at Trump working quietly to claim our place in the world.

    We may not accept being called a shit hole – it is good to have pride – but something sure smells funny here!

    • bigdaddy

      We certainly do not need to nkd our heads in agreement and accept we libe in shitholes because we have shortcomings. The Asians did not happily accept the derogatory remarks while putting their heads down to improve their countries. No Michael, we need to push back at the racist.

      • Michael Kadiri SocioPolitical

        I agree that one must push back against racists.

        I believe that as we are already seeing, Americans will deal with that issue.

        There are two questions;
        1. Are we a shit hole country and
        2. Should the US President have made such a statement.

        The second question is a no brainer. On the first question; If you ask the 15 year old boy who treks to Libya just to get to Europe in a rubber dingy risking life, you know what his answer would be.

        If you ask the educated, exposed, and entitled, surely we would push back and will be at the quick and ready on why we are not aa shit hole country.

        Maybe the middle ground is that those who live in glass houses should not throw stones because somewhere being a shit hole depends only on who is looking.

        • bigdaddy

          As Will.l. Am noted, there exist such ” shitholes” in America. I wonder why he did not use that word to describe them.
          2. I actually do not empathise with those who risk drowning at sea in their misguided quest to get to Europe. The simple fact is that the majority that embark on this risky journey seem must have raised a minimum of 2million to pay their way. Now why would they not engage in a productive venture with such funds?

          The bottomline like you pointed out is for us to emancipate ourselves like the Asians did.
          But with our Buhari’s and possible Atiku’s, do we have any hope if this are the type of leaders being thrown up?

        • AyoJon

          The trekking isn’t only coming from Africa. At least you know that most people on the boats to New Zealand and Australia aren’t Africans. Some are from India despite their marketing as an IT and Medical nation.

          The middle ground is that we should wait a month after all this dies down before we start cursing each other out like we usually do.

        • John Paul

          There are two questions;

          1. Are we a shit hole country and
          2. Should the US President have made such a statement.
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          The answer to both questions are a resounding NO. Nigeria is not a shit hole country and No one should call Nigeria, or any other country, a shit hole country

          Of course, Nigeria has its challenges. 5000 MW for a population of 180,000 million. Bad roads and other insecurity. Porous security. Poor healthcare system. Poor education system. Profligate corruption. And a very high poverty rate

          But every country on this planet also has their challenges. Even the United States – the Michael Jordan of the free market economy

          In the United States, there are more than 2.2 million people in prison. That is almost like having the entire population of Jamaica, behind bars. Many parts of cities like Detriot, Stubenville Ohio, and many other cities in the rust belt, have been abandoned are like ghost towns.

          40 million Americans live below the poverty line. About 21% of Americans are on welfare or receiving some kind of public assistance. 560,000 Americans are homeless and living on the street. Donald Trump is the president of the United States, etc

          Nevertheless, the United States is still the greatest country on the planet, and the greatest country of our time, or of any other time, because you do not judge a nation, a people, or a person, based on their weaknesses, you judge them based on their strength

          The United States caused the end of the second world war and Nazism. They gave us the Civil Rights Movement and the Feminist Movement. They were forefront in the defeat of apartheid. Americans have treated more aids, HIV and Polio patients in Africa, than any other country

          They gave us the Automobile, Electricity, Airplane, Free market economy, Jazz, R&B, Blues, Rock N’ Roll, Hip-Hop, Rap, Country Music, Hollywood, the personal computer, the Internet, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google, Cable TV, CNN, smartphones, etc

          Similarly, Nigeria gave the world Juju Music, Afrobeat music, Fuji Music, Nollywood, Aso ebi, Jollof Rice, Isi-Ewu, Nkwobi, Bitterleaf soup, Edikaikong soup, Fresh Fish Pepper Soup, Goat Meat Pepper Soup, Lagos, Abuja, Oil, Gas, Thousands of doctors savings lives everyday, in hospitals around the world, Thousands of nurses on the bedside of patients of every tribe, etc
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          According to the Meriam Webster dictionary: a demagogue is ” A leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power”

          And a Drama Queen is “A person given to often excessively emotional performances or reactions”
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          Donald Trump does not even believe that Nigeria is a shit hole country because Donald Trump is demagogue and a Drama Queen

    • Toby

      It’s more than pride. It’s more of human dignity. Every being deserves it. You touch it, self esteem is affected irrespective of social or economic status. Why does an Igbo man get offended when an Hausa man calls him “nyamiri” or a Yoruba wants to go to war if he is labelled “mgbati”, or a TIV guy is called “munchi” or when Huausa man is referred as “Nama” or Ewu Hausa”?. People may insult their own parents but are damn ready to fight others who insult their parents especially their mother. Fact.

      • Michael Kadiri SocioPolitical

        I cannot argue with your facts because you speak the truth.

        Donald Trump, I bet majority of Americans, much of the West and I bet you millions and millions of Nigerians probably the majority, believe that Africa is a shit hole because sadly, they live in it and there is something disingenuous about telling those who have to navigate Africa’s deadly life that really they don’t live in shitholes.

        Should the American President have said that? Do you really want to know what the President of America thinks? Or do you want a Barack Obama who we danced for more than Americans themselves and he never saw fit to come to the biggest economy i Africa and the largest black democracy in the world?

        Beware of the smiling Westerner and count your fingers when he shakes you. I prefer my racists up front and personal. We can start the debate there.

        These things are not one or the other and which is why in my humble opinion we should work hard to make it indisputable that we are not shit hole and we are not doing so at the moment. Singapore did.

        • Toby

          I would not want to argue either, however, Michael, in all honesty, how would you feel if Trump or any other white racist tells you to your face that you are shit from an African hole? Only shit comes out from a shithole. Nothing other than a shit.

        • AyoJon

          I agree with you on that but it still makes sense for us to push back while we develop ourselves.
          Part of the development of Africa has come from those receive prejudice from those that do it with both a smiling and non smiling face.
          To be honest, every country fakes it till they make it…. marketing

        • FrNinja

          Trump singled out a continent which sends less migrants to America than India or his beloved Europe. It’s pure racism. Rather than calling that out people are denigrating the continent on whose blood America was built. Pathetic but it’s that mental frailty is why we are where we are.

    • obinnna77

      Upstanding.

    • FrNinja

      Nigeria is such a shthole that less than 2 million Nigerian immigrants worldwide sent home 100 billion dollars over the past 10 years. The place obviously is hopeless.

    • Chukwuka Okoroafor

      “Wouldn’t it be interesting if one day a Nigerian company owned Microsoft or Chrysler or American workers were always desperate to come to find work in an amazing Nigerian economy. Sounds laughable right?”

      I don’t think that is laughable. I strongly believe those days are coming for Nigeria. It certainly will not happen with the current mindset we have but there is the counter-force and it is winning this war.

  • Lawrenece Ifo

    Eish! So some people want Trump or outsiders to take steps to confer dignity on them whereas, they are forever, taking conscious steps/actions that will bring indignity to their existence as a group?
    By taking that position in the face of every objective facts on ground which supports Trump’s brutal statement, it follow that Africans see themselves as unequal members of the global family that requires undue pampering and sweet words to just feel good and overly among, without actually attaining such position.Why?
    There is nothing like Afropessimism in a statement of fact.

    As African leaders and many people who have created the conditions that reduced the people to be below animals and damaged their psyche and sense of dignity are afraid that if Trump can be thinking that way, it may create a superiota moral obligation for him as the president of the free world in line with American value to take both overt and covert steps to remedy such catastrophic human right conditions and the social-political factors that encourage it to fester and deepen the SHITHOLE. Just like Arab springs, Kossovo solution, and others.As indeed, Africa and the entire black world is a SHITHOLE!!

    If that thinking prevails in Washington, unlike the banditry liberal feel good position of the past, it means that Africans can be encouraged to admit their problem and then be forced to take the necessary steps to remedy it.

    The truth set free and Trump is the truth teller of our time.

    • Fidelis A.

      The truth set free, and Trump is the truth teller of our time. You can say that again and again……Please tell the liberal leaning Kayode komolsfe of this world, they always like to feel good with about themselves. With his hypocrisy and cant, he just could not come down from his high horse to ask himself the simple question, why is the Donald Trump shithole comments gaining traction on the Nigerian social media space…………one can’t just stand it, with the way he was dily dailing with Trump not having the right to say it as it is, and busy masking it as a racist chant. Unfortunately for all these pseudo intellectuals like Kayode, they no longer control the narratives, the people on the streets do.

      • Don Franco

        Dear Fidel A:

        That Buhari, El Rufai; Kongi; Simon; Segun, (Dele?), Iskacountryman, Adewogba and all the other farm animals that object to restructuring are Excremental stains on the decencies of the rest of us is the only proof I need that the Zoo is indeed a Shithole of the worst kind.

        • Iskacountryman

          who objects to restructuring?…all i have done is as those interested in restructuring to sponsor a bill in the general assembly to effect restructure…is that too complicated to understand?

      • Grelia O

        I have some issues again Trump, but he is spot on in the case. The core issue here is mismanagement. Nigeria has rapidly descended from a decent, in fact, enviable position of sharing the same parallel with the likes of Brazil, Thailand, Malaysia including Singapore, even Greece, as recently as the 1960s – shortly after independence – to this miserable, beggarly entity it has become. The only time you can mention Nigeria in the same breath with those other countries is to either show a case of extreme mismanagement or to make a mockery of Nigeria.

        A country that is neither at war nor is ravaged by natural disaster is ranked bottom in per capital electricity generation. War ravaged Yemen is the only nation below Nigeria. And Kayode has the effrontery to tackle anyone who calls us out!

        The same Nigeria complained under Shagari that our ECOWAS brethren were flooding here and taking our jobs. We made life difficult for them and flushed them out. Trump’s shit hole shaming of us is mild compared to our wickedness to our fellow ECOWAS citizens. Koyode is hypocritical.

        Without excusing Trump’s lack of diplomatic decorum, he told us the gospel truth. Kayode should, instead, recognize and remove the massive log in the eyes of our leaders before crying over the tiny speck in Trump’s eyes. And he can do so by joining hands with majority of Nigerians to demand that we structure and devolve power, and stop our backward slide.

        The only way we can stop Trump or any other person from talking down on us is to wake up from slumber and improve our lot. If and when we do that, we will be described the way Trump described Norway. For as long as we decide to remain this horrible, even the devil himself has the right to tell us what we are despite our whining.

      • Ay

        You nailed it…..Obama their friend refused to sell weapons to Nigeria in the war against Boko Haram using the Leahy Act as an excuse (same act didn’t apply to the sponsors of terror in the Mid East by the way). Obama their friend refused to give Nigeria the experimental drug for Ebola, Zmapp in the midst of the crisis but demanded that we fix our healthcare system as if that happens over night….Obama their friend refused to visit Nigeria in 8 years of his presidency and did not hide his disdain constantly using the monumental corruption in Nigeria as an excuse. Nobody accused him of racism. Someone once said people in this part of the world seem to suffer from selective and collective amnesia. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bf675a5e7152bcc603a58675fe7b61816fef21d40c154fec6fc641ec07b9e352.jpg

        • Toby

          Keep in mind that the black slaves were owned by the white slave masters. These white slave masters put a roof over the heads of their slaves and also fed them. The black slaves were still slaves. Obama never disparage any African country or its people. When will we get it!

      • AyoJon

        How has your position set you free. Of what benefit has it been to your life or your friends?

    • Toby

      Truth teller? Wow!

    • John Paul

      Please let is not get carried away, here.

      Donald Trump is not the truth teller of our time. According to the New York Times, Donald Trump told, at least one lie, everyday, during the first 40 days of his presidency.

      According to that New York Times Story
      ——————————————————————————–
      “There is simply no precedent for an American president to spend so much time telling untruths. Every president has shaded the truth or told occasional whoppers. No other president — of either party — has behaved as Trump is behaving. He is trying to create an atmosphere in which reality is irrelevant”
      ———————————————————————————–
      The New York Times then, painstakingly, went on to set forth all the outright lies that Donald Trump has told since he was sworn in as the President of the United States: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/06/23/opinion/trumps-lies.html

  • AyoJon

    The sad part is if my neighbor calls my son a fool and I immediately call my son a fool. It’s says a lot about me and whether my neighbor sees me too as a fool.
    Nigerians posting videos where they also call Nigeria a s….

    • obos

      hypothetically speaking, if this “son” is actually a fool, isn’t your neighbour simply stating the obvious? It may not be pleasant to hear, but enough of these political correctness, being push by the western media to advance their agenda. A fool is a fool irrespective of who voices it out, just as a shit hole country is what it is!….and literally speaking i see grown men on the bridges of Lagos every morning taking a shit into the lagoon, whats that….?

  • Iskacountryman

    ff-…
    (i) audu ogbe and the rest including buhari, are not helping us,…they have even made our situation dire…let us situate this argument within a known praxis…buhari has cows…have you ever heard of his cows migrating to agenebode?…when you say cattle rearing is a private industry and we need to ranch our animals…i ask, are you comparing buhari to the bororo herdsmen?…
    (ii) a little bit of historiography is in order….the nigerian government, right from the time of the colonial government has always intervened in the fulas/cattle industry…from the first rinderpest drive about 100 years ago, when the nigerian police mounted troops was mobilised to round up cattle for vaccination, to setting up an institute for trypanomiasis research, in kaduna…even the vom veterinary center, came about because of the economic benefits accruable from the jangali tax obtained from us…
    (iii) could other nigerian natives rise up and kill us and our cattle?…could the nigerian state using coercion exterminate the fulbes within nigeria?…absolutely…but prepare to bleed…or, do the simple things that we have become used to – short term, medium and long term….
    (iv) what exactly does the fulbe want?…grass and water…but cattle rearing is a private business, every sane person yells…our answer to that is…yes, we know…but factoring in the strategic protein supply (ngwo ngwo for the eboes and shaki for the yaribas, that we supply at subsidised rates) to the populace…why throw away the baby with the bath water, because people do not quickly adapt to modern ways?
    (v) WHEN THE CATTLE DIES, THE FULBE DIES…

    • peace

      Then we can all chorus , let the cattle die, probably it will save lives and promote good health. Just trying to respond like the iskacountryman .

      • Iskacountryman

        do not respond like me…it is the brutally outspoken man that earns enmity….but get ready to bleed…

    • Don Franco

      An die they will unless they adapt to the changing realities in the Zoo and around the world relevant to cattle ranching.

      • Iskacountryman

        the fish that can see that its water is getting shallower cannot be stranded…

    • bigdaddy

      Truth be told, this internecine war is as old as the world itself. There has regrettably been death on both sides and bith sides have not understood that the folly of reprisals and counter reprisals is a vicious and evil cycle that only inflicts more sorrow to all. But truth be told again, the fulbe/bororo have always been the agressors and the way they deliberately destroy crops with impunity is shocking. They push their cattle into farms and if you dare complain they kill you. The world has changed and their nomadic lifestyle is no more tenable. If by now they have not realized that because they are ignorant and uneducated and unaware of the reality of the modern world, and if you, their educated kinsmen refuse to educate them, then i predict it wont be long before they go into extinction.
      Mind you, it wont be long before every community begins to arm themselves to the teeth to defend themselves against these marauding herdsmen that place little value on human life and more premium on that of their cattle.

      • Iskacountryman

        a bird does not change its feathers because the weather is bad….

        • Grelia O

          Neither can a sailer stop the storm. To survive, he will need to adjust his sail or drown.

          • Iskacountryman

            you cannot have a chick and a yolk…we understand perfectly…

          • Grelia O

            The ball is in your court. The storm is raging and will only increase in strength. Adjust your sail or perish. The only constant is the storm. The herdsmen killers are variables, and you know what happens to variables.

          • Iskacountryman

            we understand…it takes patience to boil a stone…

        • bigdaddy

          Lol. Then like the Dinosaur, it shall soon become extinct.

          • Iskacountryman

            of course…of course…

    • Jon West

      Let the Fulbe and their cattle die, I prefer goat meat ngwo ngwo.

      • Iskacountryman

        copy that…one must row in whichever boat one finds one’s self…

      • Iskacountryman

        i hear you loud and clear…

        • Jon West

          Is a fatwa on the way?

          • Iskacountryman

            jon west…being already condemned to come from a shit hole zoo, is enough punishment…

          • Jon West

            I am relived to learn that there will be no fatwa. If I cant have the 72 perpetual Fulbe virgins, no Islamic Fundamentalist zealot should have them at my expense.

          • Iskacountryman

            jw…i see, you are a man of little faith…do you think that ALLAH, the benevolent, that created the heavens cannot repair a broken hymen?please note… fatwa does not bestow virgins on you…and most importantly, eboes are allowed only three virgins to start with, when they qualify…it is what it is…

      • Iskacountryman

        he who hits his neigbours knee, curls up his own leg…

    • obinnna77

      How about the scale of violence deployed? Your code of disproportionate response is what exarcerbates. By all means combat fighting age men, but you guys kill women, and children, gratis. That doesn’t intimidate the ‘yare’ on the receiving end. It only makes them as intransigent. Fuelling the cycle.In the short term, surely such codes of engagement can be tweaked? Isn’t that where your patrons, the aristocrats come in?

      • Iskacountryman

        the aristocrats?…the fula that sleeps under the stars does not understand the concept of aristocracy, as set up by the colonial government…i do also understand your inability to grasp…the consequential value of a cow…and your juxtaposing it with the scale of violence…whose scale do you use in measuring?…something would be done…that i know…

        • obinnna77

          Don’t be coy now, your Fulbe created an aristocracy for themselves on the backs of the Habe, long before the British showed up. You mean to say the Sarakuna that patronise Miyetti have no influence with them?

          • Iskacountryman

            you would not understand…the sultan is an islamic religious leader….

          • obinnna77

            In addition to being the highest ranking Fula noble in West Africa. Do not pretend that he has no influence with your kin in the rumpa. That beggars belief.

          • Iskacountryman

            how many cows does the sultan possess?…

    • FrNinja

      SHUT UP!

      • Iskacountryman

        aggressive anger often manifests as volatile or retaliatory anger and can result in physical damages to property and other people…seek help fast…

  • William Norris

    NIGERIA IS A SHITHOLE and it’s full of shitheads. There’s no other explanation why a majority of these so-called people elected a Dullard as their President.

    Trump is a great President so far. He’s not racist, misogynist or whatever kind of bigot he’s been made out to be. Once you understand that THE TRUTH HURTS, you will understand Trump.

    The American people, a substantial number of them, have made clear that they want TRUTH, they want their Anglo-Saxon Tribalism to be respected and dominant, they tired of coddling recalcitrants. If you don’t like the USA then stay in your Zoo and make a go of it. Ooooops, you can’t even refine petrol. Shithole!!!

    • Toby

      A shitHole is a noun. A Hole that brings forth a shit. I am not a shit. My parents are not shit. Trump is evidently a bigoted racist. My 4 year old knows this.

      Please keep in mind that there are thousands of Americans who have left the “American heaven” and are earning their living in this country.

      I accept if a black man calls me a nigger, but unacceptable if a racist white man should call me same.

      It is ok for Nnamdi Kanu to call Nigeria a “zoo” but absolutely unacceptable for a non Nigerian especially a racist whiteman to do the same.

      There’s a reason for that. It’s called a premium on human dignity. You feel it, you can’t touch it.

      My country is full of selfish leaders who have no idea or the will or the urgency to make this place better for mankind but they are no shit.

      If my father for whatever reasons i.e poverty, illiteracy, polygamy, wickedness etc had failed to give me good education or put a roof over his family, I ain’t gonna call him a shit or call our family home a shithole or shithouse.

      Some of us left our villages and came to Lagos, Abuja, Portharcourt etc and would reject and resist anyone referring to our villages as “shitvillage”.

      • obos

        trump may be a racist, but it does not change the fact that we literally live in shit hole devoid of the basic things that dignify life…..but if you can take a look around you and, and beyond the fact that a certain trump said it, and still honestly tell yourself that this country is not a shit hole then its ok…. personally i think we should channel this outrage into demanding for better leadership from our rulers.

        • Toby

          You may not have experienced racism or triabalism. That’s ok. Do we need a racist to insult and dehumanize us before we demand better leadership? No.Two different contexts.

          • Lawrenece Ifo

            So what dehumizes you is a mere statement from Trump but not the actual dehumanising treatment and action that brought about the dehumanising conditions,psyche and indignity?
            If that view holds, as you tend to make it,it simply imply that the affirmation of our humanity will flow from the perception of other people,irrespective of whether our own actions is in dissonance with what it takes to be human.
            It can’t be.

          • Toby

            Why do you feel proud to be a Nigerian when the super Eagles team defeats a foreign country’ s national team? Have you ever wondered? Even as dehumanizing as our physical conditions are here in Nigeria?

            Why did majority of Blacks all over the world, including yourself felt proud to be Black when Barrack Obama became a president of United States even when you derived no direct physical benefits from his presidency? Food for thought.
            It’s not a mere statement.

          • obos

            Nigerians experience racism daily in the form of tribalism and also in the way Lebanese, Indians, Chinese and Westerners treat us even in our fatherland…… so yes i have experienced it and see other experiencing it daily. But, the way i view things is that rather address issues in a cosmetic way, we should look at the underlying cause…..if our rulers(cannot refer to them as leader) took steps to actually develop this country, and use funds for common good, would there ever have been a need to group us a shit hole country?Is the statement from trump the reason we still import refined petroleum products despite being a major oil producer….like i said earlier lets channel the anger into making our country better….simple.

          • Toby

            The foreigners attack you with racial slurs in your own country and you smile and view it cosmetically? Na wao !

          • obos

            Please read again, I did not say smile and treat cosmetically? I said rather than address issues in a cosmetic way, we should address the underlying cause…..and of course I have the means to defend my right especially when in my country…the question is, does the average Nigerian have then sense of dignity? Has the government given the average Nigerian working for these foreigner a sense of self worth?…..That’s what I mean. We can discuss all day on the appropriateness of what trump said (and it’s not appropriate), but nothing changes until we as a people get our values right and get right thinking people into positions of authority.

          • Toby

            My dear, in Nigeria we talk about the “Common Man”. Years back, a certain journalist, named Frank Olize with the NTA travelled round the entire country in search of the “Common Man”. No Nigerian agreed he was “Common”. Food for thought. Racism destroys the soul and kills the spirit. Must be resisted and pushed back.

          • obos

            Toby, I used “Average Nigerian” and I live and work amongst them. Racism is bad yes, and I sense you live abroad so it’s a more touching issue for you and if I am right about you living abroad, I can understand where you are coming from….But do you think the “Average Nigerian” or “common Man” who has not been paid for 12 months and still has to resume at work daily, with all dignity stripped off, cares more about racism or the indignity of not being able to cater for his family despite wanting to?…that’s food for thought ….or do you think a pensioner who despite giving his best years for the country and at 75 years suffers the indignity of having to beg to eat, as the government owes him 12 months pension arrears, because the pension funds has been stolen or mismanaged cares more about racism, or the countless pensioners who have died waiting on queues to be verified before they receive payment, or the worker who has been paid half salary for the last 12 months, why he sees his employer (govt/private sectors alike) spend million and billions on building statues or vacations…..just something i think you should ponder on.

          • Toby

            I ponder alright. That same average Nigerian has human dignity even in poverty or in hunger. He will resist and push back racism towards him. The bible says fear not who destroys the body but He that can destroy your soul and spirit. Racism goes after the spirit.

          • Lawrenece Ifo

            Of course,it is happening and being sustained by he same enablers that threw up the SHITY conditions.
            When Trump called it a SHITHOLE, he knows that, just like human being can take out a SHIT if he/she deliberated fulfil the condition, the deliberate acts/ decisions of Africa and other black is similar to deliberately, fulfilling that condition that caused SHIT to take take over the place.
            Let us stop behaving as if Africans arrived at the present condition blind folded and thereby,justified by living in liessence about it.
            We must take steps to exude dignity and our conditions tells more, before we can demand from distant others to confere it on us.

          • Toby

            It is not about the shity conditions but about the “shity” skin colour. We don’t get it. To the average whiteman, the whole of Africa has always been a shity place even before the present day enablers had the opportunity after independence to make it more shity.

          • Lawrenece Ifo

            Hahaha.Is the opinion about the skin(persona) not bourne out of the conditions?
            Just like the first impression you can get from the awful condition you find a person on the road or somewhere and you will be safe to conclude that the person(persona) is mad.

          • Toby

            You failed to understand the context of Trumps insult. He wants people from White Norway rather than black countries. Why would an average Norwegian migrate to America when the living conditions in Norway are far better than those of America?

          • Lawrenece Ifo

            Those instance such as when people are happy is not even analogous to the issues that borders on actual social-economic and polical condition and the fact about it.
            The question is: if the people that cheered the super eagles or the ascendancy of Obama will not avail themselves at the nearest port if they hear that PW Botha or even Hitler have provided a ship for them to get out of a SHITY? Can they consider what people will think about it after they have cheered on those occasions? They will face the truth!
            That tell you that mere momentarily satisfaction or solidarity cannot deflect people’s away from their actual ugly condition or to accept objective facts.

          • Toby

            If your parents deprive you of something you badly need, will you be able to stand a non family member that insults your parents? You will fight when someone says “Your Mama”!

          • Lawrenece Ifo

            In that circumstances, the distant others did not insult me but pointed out a fact which suppose to arouse our parents to do things differently to stop exposing their children to mockery.
            This is the social culture that made my people to be conscious of not being lazy, so that others will not mock their children for being gluttons (Ndi usa) if they cannot provide for them.

          • Toby

            Assume, you are from Niger Delta, you live in Lagos, your parents stay in Niger Delta. A Yoruba man in Lagos insults your parents. You will call your parents on phone to tell them that a Yoruba man in Lagos insulted them by exposing their children to mockery? Ok I get you.

          • William Norris

            Very good.

            Africans have been doing exactly that by adopting Christianity and Islam. So all this hue and cry about racism is nothing but rank HYPOCRISY

          • William Norris

            That’s the Black African.

            For them, the superficial is more important than the substantive.

    • peace

      With people like William Norris , Jon , Daniel , AA ( even with his madness over Jonathan sometimes) and millions of educated and hardworking people still coming out of Nigeria , no, my dear country is not shithole .

      • obos

        Nigeria is literally a shit hole, every morning on my way to work i see fully grown men taking a shit into the lagoon in Lagos. why do we like kidding ourselves. Trump tell us what we already know and we get offended…why not channel that energy to making things better????!!!

        • Iskacountryman

          obo is the yariba word for toto…obos is the plural of obo…

    • Lawrenece Ifo

      They hate SHITHOLE because they love lies and that is why for many years, they were busy trumpeting themselves as the giant of Africa.
      Electricity is 3000mw.Hahahaha.
      The worst part is that they are using the achievements of the same immigrants that escaped ftom the SHITHOLE to counter the argument.
      Nobody will prefers to be eaten by a shark inside the Mediterranean Sea unless he is running away from a SHITHY!

    • power

      “rac·ism
      ˈrāˌsizəm/Submit
      noun
      prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior”- Google….

      Dear Mr William Norris. Please, Mr Trump is racist, bigot, thief, liar, manipulator and very evil. My reasons are easily far fetched.

      Trump has called Mexicans Immigrants rapists, murderers, and drug dealers. Mexicans are the most hardworking people in the USA. He compared white nationalists to other protesters. He reluctantly distanced himself from David Duke. A well Known Supremacist. He discriminated against Muslims by suggesting that they should be banned temporarily from entering the states.

      Some Muslims in America are serving in the Military, police and other law enforcement agencies protecting Americans including TRUMP.
      He was sued for housing discrimination against Minorities.
      He doubled down on the Central Park five. Never apologized for his front page ad.

      He once employed Steve Bannon, an unapologetic white nationalist in the White House.
      He called an entire continent a “shithole” forgetting that blacks built the white house, 1st generational banks, Ivy league universities, railroads. Capitol Hill, Wall Street, Thomas Jefferson’s Estate at Monticello and other presidential Estates and they contributed massively to the growth of America.

      If an entire continent were a shithole, why do we have Americans, Britons, Chinese, Indians and a host of other nationals across the world coming to work, visit, Stay and make so much money in it?

      In 1991 a book was written by John O’ Donnel named “TRUMPED.” a man who had been president of Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, quoted Trump saying. “Black guys are counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money is short guys wearing yarmulkes. Those are the only kind of people I want counting my money. Nobody else. Besides that, I tell you something else. I think that i think blacks are lazy”. In 1997, he was interviewed by authour Mark Bowden, and he confirmed that the O’ Donnel book was “probably true.”

      Please, Trump is Racist!

      • William Norris

        In that case everyone is racist.

        Call it the Human Condition.

        • power

          Yes, everyone is racist until someone is heard making such remarks. Trump has been caught severally..

          • William Norris

            Stop complaining.

            Trump insulted NK and they went ahead with their nuclear bomb and threatened to bomb the USA to ashes.

            What is Nigeria going to do? Better zip your lips or they will cancel ALL visa privileges for Nigerians. And then what will you do? Buzz off.

          • power

            Negro. For your information I DO NOT LIVE IN NIGERIA and I have not been there for decades. You raised an issue on Trump and i addressed it squarely. Why don’t you counter my submissions then I will doff my hats for you. Nobody has the monopoly of insults. We were born with it. Thank you.

          • William Norris

            Not worth the time…..

    • FrNinja

      You can’t refine petrol or won’t? Two different things. But Norris why swim in the shthle? Go back to London!