CNN's Philip Mudd condemns Trump for continuing America's tradition of slurring immigrants
Philip Mudd: "My family was called 'wops' and 'mackerel-eaters.' We came from Italians and Irish, who were regarded as people from 'shithole' countries"
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From the January 11 edition of CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer:
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PHILIP MUDD: Close your ears Wolf, because I'm going to give you a reaction, and it's personal. I'm a proud "shitholer." My family was called "wops" and "mackerel-eaters." We came from Italians and Irish, who were regarded as people from "shithole" countries.
A century ago, we called people "slant-eyes," Chinese immigrants that we're now ashamed of speaking about in those terms, because they came from a "shithole" country, and now they're a backbone of this country.
In the 1940s, we called people "traitors," because they came from a "shithole" country we call Japan, and we're ashamed.
We called people who fled from conflict in Central America "spics" and "wetbacks," and we're ashamed.
The president is growing this country on the backbone of bigotry that comes from when I saw my family called "spics," "wops," and "mackerel-eaters." We should be ashamed. We've learned way too many lessons, and history will tell you that if you don't read history, you'll repeat them. That's what our President did for us today. I am not proud.