On Twitter, Ethiopians Roast Trump as ‘Gegema’ President for ‘Shithole’ Comment

'Gegema' is one of the many colorful Amharic words Ethiopians are using to roast Donald Trump on social media about his recent “shithole" comment in reference to African countries. Meanwhile, below is a roundup of how TV comedians in the U.S. are handling the unfortunate matter as well as a link to a story from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia by The Washington Post, titled 'Here is what my #shithole looks like,' documenting reactions from the continent. (Photo: US-based South African late-night host Trevor Noah/ COMEDY CENTRAL)

The Washington Post

In comments that seemed ripped right from a late-night comedy sketch, President Trump ignited the news cycle Thursday when The Washington Post reported he had referred to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as “shithole countries” and expressed a preference for immigrants from Norway in talks with lawmakers.

On Thursday night, late-night comedy hosts were eager to weigh in.

“Guys,” “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah said. “I don’t know how to break this to you, but I think the president might be racist. Hear me out, I know I sound crazy.”

Noah, who is from South Africa, used his own nationality as a springboard. “Personally, as someone from South Shithole, I’m offended, Mr. President,” the host said. “Because not only does he think brown countries are shitholes, he thinks, what, we’re never going to know what he said? I mean, don’t get me wrong, it might take a few weeks, but once the news donkey reaches our village, we’ll be so mad.”

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