Trump loyalists are forced to defend the indefensible

Esequiel Farfan
Enero 13, 2018

Trump was in a closed meeting with members of Congress to discuss immigration on Thursday when he reportedly questioned why the USA would accept more people from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa, rather than places like Norway.

First Baptist Dallas Pastor Robert Jeffress defended explicit comments by President Trump, where he referred to Haiti and some African nations as "shithole countries".

Trump then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries such as Norway, whose prime minister he met with Wednesday.

"My colleague, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC spoke up and made a direct comment on what the president said".

Former Prime Minister Laurant Lamothe said Trump showed "a lack of respect and ignorance" not previously shown by a US president and "the world is witnessing a new low today".

Haiti and Haitians, targets of a separate anti-immigration drive by the Trump administration, were also subject of derogatory remarks by the President, according to the first report on the issue by the Washington Post.

Trump's reported comments were also taken personally by Dr. Andrew Furey, an orthopedic surgeon in St. John's, N.L., and founder of Team Broken Earth, a group of medical professionals who responded to the Haitian natural disaster in 2010 and has since returned to the country several times.

Trump's remarks had a particularly glacial reception from Norwegians, whom he reportedly upheld as shining examples of the immigrants he wants to come to America. But as Dara Lind points out, while this debate is complicated, this functionally means large reductions in the numbers of people from countries who already have large immigrant populations here - which means resisting trends shaping our current ethnic and national mix.

The Haitian flag flew at half-mast Friday morning as the president laid a wreath of white flowers at a mass grave where many victims were buried. While some congressional Republicans from NY unequivocally criticized Trump, others have taken his vague semi-denials at face value.

The African Group of UN ambassadors said it was "extremely appalled at, and strongly condemns the outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks by the president of the United States of America as widely reported by the media".

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Graham's statement did not detail what Trump said or what Graham told the president in response.

When I mentioned that fact to him, he said, "Haitians, do we need more Haitians?"

Trump says Friday: "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used".

The administration announced previous year that it would end a temporary residency permit program that allowed almost 60,000 Haitians to live and work in the U.S.in the wake of a devastating 2010 natural disaster. Do you print what the president said in a headline?

CNN's Kaitlan Collins spoke with White House staffers who predicted that "it will actually resonate with his base, not alienate it, much like his attacks on NFL players who kneel during the national anthem did". "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians!"

"As someone from South Shithole, Trevor is deeply offended by the president's remarks", The Daily Show tweeted of its South African-born host, Trevor Noah.

In 2017, as president, he came under fire for saying there were "many fine people" on both sides of the Charlottesville protest which included white supremacists. He ignored her, and she asked the same question again.

Steven Forester, of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, blasted the president's decision to sunset TPS as racist and said the reported comments prove it.

Rep. Coleman echoed those calls, calling the president a " who has no business being President of the United States.

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