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A Washington Mudslide

Your political leaders at work.


The Editorial Board

Once you hit bottom, there’s nowhere to go but up, and on Thursday the language of politics hit bottom.

When the possibility of admitting immigrants from Haiti and Africa came up at a meeting with Senators at the White House, President Trump reportedly mused about why we’d want to admit people into the U.S. from “s—hole countries.”

About that time, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the former Speaker of the House, offered her thoughts on colleagues who are negotiating an immigration bill with the White House: “The five white guys I call them, you know. Are they going to open a hamburger stand next or what?”

Maybe at some future date, Mr. Trump and Mrs. Pelosi can co-host a talk show on ESPN. For now, this verbal mudslide from two of the nation’s highest officials is, in a word, unedifying.

The House’s number two Democrat, Steny Hoyer, no doubt terrified that his party could become linked to Ms. Pelosi’s use of language from the fringe of identity politics, said, “That comment is offensive.” Republicans, who might worry that Mr. Trump’s barstool belch has lost the African-American vote forever, should do the same.