12 Jan The New York Post: Trump blasted after questioning protections for immigrants ‘from shithole countries’
President Donald Trump is under fire for making “ignorant, racist” comments over reports that he derided Haiti and Africa as “shitholes” on Thursday.
Trump made the remark during a meeting with lawmakers amid suggestions that the U.S. restore temporary protected status for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries.
Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah), the Brooklyn-born daughter of Haitian immigrants, demanded Trump apologize for his “unkind, divisive, elitist” comments that “fly in the face of our nation’s values.”
“This behavior is unacceptable from the leader of our nation,” according to a statement from Love.
“My parents came from one of those countries but proudly took an oath of allegiance to the United States and took on the responsibility of everything that being a citizen comes with.”
Love mentioned that her parents worked their way into the middle class and sent her to college: “That’s the American Dream.”
“The president must apologize to both the American people and the nations he so wantonly maligned,” she said.
Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, more bluntly said that Trump’s comments “are further proof that his Make America Great Again agenda is really a Make America White Again agenda.”
Trump reportedly made the controversial remark during a meeting with lawmakers amid suggestions that the U.S. restore temporary protected status for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” he reportedly responded, according to the Washington Post.
The White House didn’t deny the report.
“The president’s comments are ignorant, racist with a complete disregard for the human dignity of the Haitian people,” Jack Davidson, executive director of the American Haitian Foundation, said in a statement shortly after the president’s comments were publicized. “I am embarrassed that he is president of the United States.”
On the campaign trail, Trump told a group of Haitian Americans that he would be their “biggest champion.”
“Whether you vote for me or not I really want to be your biggest champion,” he told a group in Miami in September 2016, according to the Miami Herald.