A Washington Mudslide

Your political leaders at work.

 
 

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks about the Child Healthcare Insurance Program (CHIP) ahead of an expected vote in the the House of Representatives to finalize tax reform legislation in Washington, U.S., December 20, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks about the Child Healthcare Insurance Program (CHIP) ahead of an expected vote in the the House of Representatives to finalize tax reform legislation in Washington, U.S., December 20, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts PHOTO:JOSHUA ROBERTS/REUTERS
 

Once you hit bottom, there’s nowhere to go but up, and on Thursday the language of politics hit bottom.

When the possibility of admitting immigrants from Haiti and Africa came up at a meeting with Senators at the White House, President Trump reportedly mused about why we’d want to admit people into the U.S. from “s—hole countries.”

About that time, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the former Speaker of the House, offered her thoughts on colleagues who are negotiating an immigration bill with the White House: “The five white guys I call them, you know. Are they going to open a hamburger stand next or what?” 

Maybe at some future date, Mr. Trump and Mrs. Pelosi can co-host a talk show on ESPN. For now, this verbal mudslide from two of the nation’s highest officials is, in a word, unedifying.

The House’s number two Democrat, Steny Hoyer, no doubt terrified that his party could become linked to Ms. Pelosi’s use of language from the fringe of identity politics, said, “That comment is offensive.” Republicans, who might worry that Mr. Trump’s barstool belch has lost the African-American vote forever, should do the same.

Appeared in the January 12, 2018, print edition as ‘A Washington Mudslide.’

One response to A Washington Mudslide

  1. neilmaccallister January 16th, 2018 at 10:28 am

    Really?? ..Luxlibertas headlines this cereal-box side-panel level of “thought”?? ..and holds it there for several days?? ..really????

    This “essay” is so “unedifying”! ..of what has it informed anyone??? ..that Joshua somebody wants to please his employers at the WSJ?? ..a publication which for 2 years has railed against the “base, coarse, commonality” of Donald Trump, ..before going off to airbrush their Weekend “Highend” magazine insert which dangles those great moral uplifters of Tiffany pendants, Rolex watches, and Johnny Walker Blue Label?

    I opened this article hoping to learn that Robert Mueller has actually left his Washington ‘pay-pen’, ..and gone out to find a real job!

    ..or that Steny Hoyer has found the moral courage to allow the economic fresh-air of the Trump administration to continue its dedicated-to-America work next week,..

    ..but no, ..just another 20 sentences of cartoonish self-gratification from the recumbent WSJ.

    (..and others, I guess.)

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