He’s done it again – caused a storm of protest, howls of ‘racist’, demands that he apologise and a general meltdown of the liberal Left. The Guardian reckons that this time he has caused ‘global shock’.

The UN said it was impossible to describe his remarks as anything other than racist, while the Vatican decried his words as ‘particularly harsh and offensive’.

Last Thursday, President Trump said something many felt was inappropriate about countries whose people flee to America at the first opportunity hoping to find a better life. It is claimed that he referred to some of the worst places on earth using terms which most of those howling with outrage have used themselves.

The meltdown is not because Trump is an ill-educated, narcissistic boor, lacking culture and a sense of decorum. That is accepted by all. The meltdown is because progressives are afraid of him and lash out wildly at the slightest provocation. Trump has the temerity to say what everyone else is thinking but hesitates to articulate. Others might be emboldened, and if people begin to speak out the progressive applecart will be well and truly overturned.

If Trump did say these things it was crude, it was inappropriate, it was unworthy of a President of the USA; it was also said in private amongst politicians, a group not renowned for genteel conversation, and it was accurate.

Once upon a time it was standard practice for journalists to question the veracity of their sources. No longer: if it is an accusation against Trump, no matter how wild, it is automatically believed as gospel truth.

A quick check would have revealed that Democratic Minority Whip Senator Dick Durbin, who with great anguish announced to the world what a dreadful thing Trump had done, is no stranger to false accusations against Republican opponents.

Durbin has form. In 2013 he was caught lying, alleging that one Republican congressional leader said to President Obama: ‘I can’t even stand to look at you.’ Durbin also claimed in a Facebook post that Republican leaders were so disrespectful it was practically impossible to have a conversation with them. Both the White House and House Speaker’s office denied his claims. Obama White House press secretary Jay Carney said: ‘I looked into this and spoke with somebody who was in that meeting and it did not happen.’

Durbin’s latest allegations have been denied, and not just by Trump. Republican Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue, who were also at last week’s private meeting with Trump, said in a statement: ‘President Trump brought everyone to the table this week and listened to both sides. But regrettably it seems that not everyone is committed to negotiating in good faith.’

They continued: ‘In regards to Senator Durbin’s accusation, we do not recall the President saying these comments specifically but what he did call out was the imbalance in our current immigration system, which does not protect American workers and our national interest.’

The outraged progressive establishment ascribed racist motives to Trump. To do otherwise would have been to admit the truth of what he said. There are some truly awful places in the world run by horribly corrupt and brutal governments, places where our progressive elites would not wish to live. The word Trump is accused of using for them is a mild description. Hell on earth would be a better description for countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Somalia and Eritrea.

Few enlightened Western progressives are interested in making these countries their homes. The immigration traffic is all one way; residents of these nations know all too well that they are sh*tholes.

To claim that Trump is racist for saying so is in itself racist. Trump mentioned states in Africa and Asia, and said nothing about race. It was the progressive puritans who pounced and shouted racism, making the assumption that these states are as they are because of the race of the inhabitants.

These countries are not as they are because of the colour of their people, but because they are dominated by bad ideas; their kleptocratic governments are corrupt, their religion is oppressive and their culture is unable to adapt.

There is also a limit to who can, and should, be admitted to the West to live, work and possibly become citizens. That idea is declared racist, not because Trump supposedly used a vulgarity in the Oval Office, but because liberals, in and out of the media, simply declared it to be.

These progressives, who love open borders, proclaimed their outrage over Trump’s remark and ascribed racist motives to it because admitting the truth of what he said wouldn’t advance their amnesty narrative. Trump’s words were deliberately construed as an attack on immigrants, not criticism of their countries.

Progressives proclaim inanely ‘Diversity is our strength’. Diversity is a cosmetic irrelevance. What matters is not the skin colour on the outside of an individual but what is inside that individual. In this Trump was right: an immigrant from Norway is much more likely to integrate successfully in America than one from Eritrea, not because of skin colour but culture.

For progressives, diversity is a political tool. Diversity divides people into victim and interest groups and enables the Left to play the role of understanding saviour whilst garnering votes and staying in power.

We can only hope this episode teaches Trump a number of lessons, chief amongst which is that you can’t trust progressives.