EDITORIAL: Morally unfit for office

The York Dispatch
FILE- In this Jan. 9, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration policy in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. Trump used profane language Thursday, Jan. 11, as he questioned why the U.S. should permit immigrants from certain countries, according to three people briefed on the conversation. The White House did not deny the comment. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Donald Trump calls ‘em like he sees ‘em.

And we thank him for that, if nothing else.

Because of Trump’s own words and actions — a steady stream of apparently altered consciousness — there’s little doubt he’s a mentally deficient racist unfit to be president of the United States.

He should resign immediately or be removed from office.

Oh, come on. We’re just saying what everyone else in the world is thinking.

OK, maybe not everyone.

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The most recent vulgar comments attributed to our “very stable genius” actually are playing quite well with white supremacists.

In a Thursday, Jan. 11, meeting with a group of senators, Trump reportedly questioned “why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and ‘sh--hole countries’ in Africa as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal,” the Associated Press reported.

America should take more immigrants from countries like Norway instead, he suggested.

Oh, yes, we get it now. It’s on the Statue of Liberty:

“Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me ...”

… As long as their skin tone is the correct shade.

Trump’s anti-American remarks got a hearty thumbs up from the sewer dwellers, at least.

 “This is encouraging and refreshing, as it indicates Trump is more or less on the same page as us with regards to race and immigration,” The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website, posted Friday.

It was like a big, pale wet kiss for the U.S. president who just last summer praised “some very fine people” among the torch-bearing white nationalists at a deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Trump “restores a lot of love in us by saying blunt but truthful things that no other President in our lifetime would dare say!” notorious white supremacist David Duke slimed in on Twitter.

Such praise from the worst of society — losers who wear their hate and bigotry on their sleeves — isn’t surprising.

It’s also not surprising that most of the civilized world recoiled in disgust.

The muted, pathetic response from most of Trump’s fellow Republicans, on the other hand, is shocking.

This isn’t about policy or legislative priorities. It’s not about some false equivalency — if you condemn this, then you must support that. Or vice versa.

It’s about a basic standard of decency.

Any elected officials — including those from Pennsylvania — who can't thoroughly condemn Trump are complicit in his abhorrent behavior.

Our president made a weak, apparent denial of the “sh--hole” comments, tweeting (of course) that he merely used “tough language” in the immigration meeting.

Democratic Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin was in the meeting and has been adamant Trump used the derogatory terms not once but repeatedly.

He praised South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican in attendance, for calling out the president on his remarks.

Graham, who once called candidate Trump "crazy” and a “kook” not fit for the presidency, was notably silent about the Thursday meeting until issuing a statement Friday:

“Following comments by the president, I said my piece directly to him yesterday," he wrote. "The president and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel. I’ve always believed that America is an idea, not defined by its people but by its ideals."

Well, thank you Sen. Graham.

However, most Americans don’t need a primer from you on our ideals. We know what they are.

What we want to know from you is if the president of the United States shares those values. What exactly prompted you to say your piece?

If Trump is what he appears to be, and Graham truly believes what he says, the senator should be leading the charge to not just challenge our naked emperor but remove him from office.

Make no mistake:

There’s a tsunami — not just a wave — of voters just champing at the bit to elect people in 2018 to do just that.