In what is scarily becoming an almost weekly event, Donald Trump seems to have hit a new low point during his time in office, and people are furious when it comes to his latest faux pas.
For those that are out of the loop, sources have confirmed that during a meeting with lawmakers on Thursday, Trump asked, “Why do we want all these people from ‘shithole countries’ coming here?” The question came when Illinois Democratic Senator Dick Durbin was explaining to him a proposal to end the visa lottery in exchange for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for countries such as El Salvador and Haiti, to which Trump also inquired, “Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out.” The story was first reported in The Washington Post.
This isn’t the first time Trump has made derogatory remarks aimed at Haitians. The New York Times reported just before Christmas that Trump complained during a June meeting about how many visas had been given to immigrants. While reading the figures from a sheet, he claimed that Haitians “all have AIDS;” added that recent Nigerian immigrants would never “go back to their huts” in Africa once they had seen life in the USA; and that Afghanistan is a terrorist haven – all claims that White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders denied at the time.
The White House has also tried to play down Trump’s latest remarks, not by denying them, but by claiming that what he said has been taken out of context.
“[President Trump] is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation,” White House spokesperson Raj Shah said in a statement.
So, where does Trump believe those people are currently located? Countries such as Norway he believes, ironically just days after his meeting with the Norwegian prime minister. Trump would also apparently be open to more Asian refugees, too, as he believes they will help the country economically.
Naturally, a tweet-storm has ensued, particularly with immigrant veterans who feel personally insulted and marginalized by Trump’s comments:
How many brave men and women in uniform or whom have given their lives for our nation came from “sh*thole” countries ? Medal Of Honor awardees named Groberg, Rascone, Calugas, Garcia & Nisperos as well. @jimsciutto https://t.co/TX9evSIWTI
— Mark R. Jacobson (@markondefense) January 11, 2018
So many immigrants from these so-called “shithole countries” have served America, in uniform, and put their lives on the line for America. Donald Trump never did.
For him to say we need fewer of them and more people from places like Norway (i.e., whites) is un-American. https://t.co/z1p9W2tzWs
— VoteVets (@votevets) January 11, 2018
“Let me be clear…. the people of Haiti have been through more, withstood more, fought back against more injustice… than our President ever has” Anderson Cooper choked back tears as he reflected on his relationship with Haiti, and its people https://t.co/3arEalkKOM
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) January 12, 2018
Emmanuel Mensah was a @USArmy soldier who died saving the lives of residents of a burning apartment in the Bronx. He was an immigrant from Ghana.
— Vets Against Trump (@commondefense) January 12, 2018
My basic training company had soldiers from Ghana and Poland. Harder working than all of us.
My crew chiefs had family from PR, Mexico, Cuba, Peru, Dominican Republic, El Salvador.
If DT had done more than play toy soldier in HS he’d have seen the power of an immigrant nation.
— WestNeilVirus (@Design_Fix_Make) January 12, 2018
2016: Haitian immigrant Alix Idrache (left) was West Point Military Academy’s top-ranking graduate in physics. Next to him, Haitian Pascal Brun, 1st international cadet to graduate Brigade S-1 at West Point. @realDonaldTrump‘s “shithole” comment is racist & unAmerican #VetsvsHate pic.twitter.com/fcvknnlAkv
— Pam Campos 🇺🇸🇭🇳 (@_pamcampos) January 12, 2018
Why would people from Norway want to come here?! They’re consistently ranked one of the best and happiest places to live, great education system, great healthcare….US is a shithole compared to Norway.
— Jackie Reviello (@aikomama) January 12, 2018
He said all Haitians have AIDS. He said Nigerians live in huts. He called Mexicans rapists. This is who Donald Trump is. There is a moral vacuum in the White House. https://t.co/OpyIpUuNda
— Tim Kaine (@timkaine) January 11, 2018
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