On Thursday, several sources reported that Donald Trump called Haiti, El Salvador, and some African countries “shitholes.” There has been a fierce backlash since.
Representatives for the United Nations human rights office spoke out against the comments.
“If confirmed, these are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States,” UN spokesperson Rupert Coleville said.
“There is no other word you can use but ‘racist’.”
“You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as ‘s***holes’, whose entire populations who are not white, are therefore not welcome.”
The statement by Trump was made in a bipartisan Oval Office meeting with congressional leaders.
“Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?” Trump exclaimed after lawmakers offered him a proposal that would protect immigrants from those countries.
Trump went on to ask why the US doesn’t take more people from countries such as Norway.
The African Union (AU), which represents 55 African countries, stated that they were “frankly alarmed” after learning about Trump’s apparently racist comments.
“Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behavior and practice,” said an AU spokeswoman.
“This is particularly surprising as the United States of America remains a global example of how migration gave birth to a nation built on strong values of diversity and opportunity.”
Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich denounced the statement on Twitter. Reich pointed out that the sentiments mirror things that would be heard in Nazism.
“To the Nazi’s, the purest Aryans were the Nordic people of Germany and Norway,” Reich tweeted.
To the Nazi's, the purest Aryans were the Nordic people of Germany and Norway. “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries [Haiti and Africa] come here?” Trump exploded today, saying the U.S. should bring more people from countries like Norway. Connection?
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) January 11, 2018
The following day Trump issued a denial on Twitter.
“Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country,” he tweeted.
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“Never said ‘take them out’. Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!”
Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said “take them out.” Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
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