Trump’s embrace of Norway as a people - for ostensibly the same reasons as Hitler - puts the lie to his denial of being a racist. While in the past he’s reported to have said all Haitians “have AIDS,” likened illegal immigrants to vomit, and called for “a complete and total shutdown” of Muslims entering the U. has steadily declined over the past five decades, according to data from the Migration Policy Institute, which studies global migration trends. The allure proved so great that Norway is estimated to have lost a larger share of its population to the U. The law had one unintended consequence: It dramatically lowered immigration from northern European Norway.
Why would they, when they have one of the wealthiest nations in the world per capita, the world’s happiest people according to the UN’s World Happiness Report last year, not to mention affordable education, a great welfare system, and huts in the mountains?But the US has a much wider gap between rich and poor than Norway, not to mention just two weeks annual leave versus five here, and as I remember it, a norm of working late with no paid overtime.Trump may want immigrants from Norway, but they may not stick around for very long even if they did take the leap.Donald Trump’s spontaneous embrace of Norway as both a great customer for military hardware, and a most favored nation for immigration and citizenship, has been largely rejected by Norwegians.The general response seems to reflect the well-known adage of Groucho Marx: “I wouldn’t want to be a member of any club that wants me as a member”.The visit of a Norwegian prime minister to the White House is always a major event in Norway.Erna Solberg’s visit last week was by far the most sensational of all post-war getogethers.They and their teachers would be appalled by Trump’s blatantly racist appeal on behalf of their country.Norway was, of course, courted (and occupied) by the most blatant and ugly set of racists the world has ever seen - Nazi Germany.It is also the home of the Nobel Peace Prize, with awards to the likes of Desmond Tutu, Martin Luther King, three women leaders from Liberia and Yemen, and of course Donald Trump’s nemesis, Barack Obama.In short, President Trump should not be misled by the buying power and diplomatic panache of Norway’s current prime minister.