Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

How right-wing people are defending Trump's indefensible 'shithole' remarks


On a day when Haitians planned to mourn the dead, outrage swept across the country over Trump reportedly describing Haiti and countries in Africa as "s-hole countries" during an Oval Office meeting on the eve of the anniversary of the 2010 natural disaster.

Yet, our billionaire president, born into wealth, wonders aloud: "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" according to a Washington Post report citing two sources briefed on the meeting.

Trump specifically questioned why the US would want to admit more people from Haiti, according to Durbin.

Not suprisingly, Trump's comments were met with heavy criticism and condemnation by many.

Murkowski's statement did not include any comment regarding what action, if any, she thinks the Senate should take in response to Trump's comment.

While Trump denied the widely reported comment in a tweet, Senator Dick Durbin of IL, one of the top-ranking Democrats and a longtime supporter of immigration reform, said he "personally heard" the president's comment, and that Trump had repeatedly used "hate-filled, vile and racist" words.

Trump previously told Haitian-Americans: "I really want to be your greatest champion, and I will be your champion", while he was campaigning past year in Miami's Little Haiti.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, a key negotiator in DACA talks, recounted the meeting on MSNBC Friday. We have Haitians who are driving cabs all throughout this country.

An adviser to Pope Francis and the leader of the Archdiocese of Boston, which is home to a large number of Haitian Catholics, also expressed concern about the rhetoric being used in the immigration debate-though he did not call out the president by name.


The video shows Trump saying nothing as he exits the room.

Graham continued: 'The American ideal is embraced by people all over the globe.

Trump on Thursday rejected a pitch from a bipartisan team of senators on a compromise immigration deal to protect DACA participants while increasing border security.

"All of the reservations we have had about negotiating with him on immigration are well-founded", Richmond said in a statement. "Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people", he said. Trump said the nation celebrates King for "standing up for the self-evident truth Americans hold so dear, that no matter what the color of our skin or place of our birth, we are all created equal by God".

"I said to the president, 'Do you realize how painful that term is to so many people?". That's when he used these vile and vulgar comments, calling the nations they come from 'sh-holes.' The exact word used by the president.

A lot of people were furious with Trump's comments, but not everyone was outraged.

"Donald Trump is a racist and indecent man with no good values who is woefully unfit and undeserving of the office in which he serves. Turns out they're just like us", Cox said in a Tweet that included pictures of his son with a smiling family. The President and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel.

Independent president candidate and BYU graduate Evan McMullin harshly criticized Trump on Twitter. "We even made the ultimate sacrifice when we shed our blood in Savannah", the ambassador said.

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