Don't make me like Trump.

The highlight of Trump's presidency, in my mind, was when he called Haiti a "shithole country," an insult so reviled by good-thinkers everywhere that I knew it had to be empirically supported — which, of course, it abundantly is.
Is there a single significant national outcome in which Haiti doesn't badly trail all other countries in our hemisphere? I looked into it, and there sure weren't many.
Of course Trump might be the single most retarded president in my lifetime. But I still love the fact he used the term, and that the left thinks this is some kind of "gotcha" moment.
Although some of the Central American nations compete with Haiti for the bottom of the barrel.

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