Trump’s “shithole countries” reference is not only malicious, it ignores the greatness of immigrants who brought, as Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart says in a recent column, “their labor and dreams to a land where freedom and liberty were in greater supply.”

Among Africa’s 54 independent states, its first woman was democratically elected president of Liberia.  Take that, America.

Trump’s obscenity also ignores that this continent’s treasures include African elephants, rhinos, hippos, wildebeests, lions, leopards, hyenas, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes, antelopes, apes, monkeys, and many other birds and animals. Africa is surrounded by water and is treasured for a rich diversity of wildlife, landscapes and culture. Friends of Animals has had anti-poaching and wildlife protection projects and work in 12 African states. I’ve visited Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Senegal, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The photo of hippos above was taken by  in Gambia while visiting the Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Project, which Friends of Animals helps sponsor in partnership with the Gambian government.