So today’s word for Linda G. Hill’s Just Jot It January prompt is “aggravate.” What? Yesterday’s word was “humiliate” and today’s is “aggravate”? Now that’s kind of aggravating, isn’t it? Who would suggest such a word? Oh wait. It was me!
I must have been aggravated about something on December 27th when I responded to Linda’s post asking for words to use for her #JusJoJan thingie. Otherwise, why would I have suggested the word “aggravate”? I don’t recall today what is was that had aggravated me on that particular day, so it probably wasn’t really all that aggravating.
I am not easily aggravated. I think of myself as being fairly easy going and even tempered. I pride myself on being logical, rational, and reasonable. I try not to be ruled by my emotions, particularly negative or destructive emotions.
But something happened yesterday that really aggravated me. Donald Trump, in a meeting with a half a dozen members of Congress in the Oval Office, was discussing how to protect immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal.
At one point during the meeting, our apparently frustrated president asked, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Then he added, “We should have more people from places like Norway.”
Yes, the President of the United States referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries as “shitholes.”
So brown and black people from “shitholes” like Haiti, El Salvador, and Africa should be either sent back if they’re already in the United States, or not be permitted to immigrate to the US. But people from Norway, a predominantly white country, are welcome to come to Trump’s America to help make it great again.
This from the leader of the free world. From perhaps the most important man in the world.
If Linda had asked me today to suggest a word for #JusJoJan, I wouldn’t have suggested “aggravate.”
I would have suggested “ashamed.”
Note from Fandango: Linda’s post today said the word I proposed was “aggravation,” which is somewhat aggravating because the word I actually suggested was “aggravate.” But it’s Linda’s blog and it’s my word, so either one, “aggravate” or “aggravation,” will be fine.