NYT Columnist Asks CNN Hosts: Which ‘Sh*thole Country’ Are You From?

attends the 12th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at American Museum of Natural History on December 9, 2018 in New York City.
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Author and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman tore into President Trump on Monday morning for his recent racist attacks on four congresswomen of color, arguing that Trump is “talking about us” all.

“Virtually all of us can trace our roots to what Trump has called shithole countries. Hey Camerota,” he said, addressing CNN host Alisyn Camerota, “which shithole country did your grandparents come from? (John) Berman, which shithole country did your grandparents come from?”

“We all came here, we all came here because this is not a country of blood and soil, which Trump thinks,” he continued. “It’s a country built on the universal idea that out of many we make one. And I know one thing absolutely for sure, that we have a President of the United States who could not pass the simplest citizenship test that is administered to every new immigrant in this country because he has no idea what this country is about.”

Friedman was discussing President Trump’s recent rampage against Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) in which he said that all four women should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”

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