All 54 African UN envoys blast Trump's 's--thole' comment as racist

Lester Mason
January 14, 2018

Civil rights leaders said Friday the president's comments are not new, but are the most recent and glaring proof of Trump's racist views, and shocking to the point that congressional leaders and Americans can no longer ignore his bigotry.

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. Barely a year ago, America's first black president, Barack Obama, marked his final King Day in office with his usual community service; now, his successor is presiding over a racial backlash the country has hardly seen in more than a generation.

Of course, numerous countries that Trump was talking about - the accounts are fuzzy, but reports suggest he was talking about sub-Saharan nations, and perhaps Haiti - really are basket-cases. "I think on the immigration issue, when you're making racist comments like that it makes it more hard to come to an agreement on a deal that he can support", the aide said, adding it also raises questions about future negotiations and whether Trump will "play a constructive role". I've not read one of them that's inaccurate. At least one more African leader spoke up on Saturday.

And Idaho Republican Mike Simpson told The Associated Press that Trump's remarks were "stupid and irresponsible and childish".

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., also a Cuban-American, said Trump's language, "should not be heard in locker rooms and it shouldn't be heard in the White House". In the 1980s, the US government - claiming that Haitian pigs had swine fever - participated in the extermination of almost every native black pig, which represented some families' entire life savings. We have Haitians who are driving cabs all throughout this country.

Former UN Ambassador Samantha Power
Former UN Ambassador Samantha Power

The lottery is one of our worst immigration programs, randomly selecting people to come here who have no connection to the country and then opening up a continuing stream of immigrants behind them through chain migration.

"Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".

"The exact word used by the president, not just once but repeatedly", the senator said.

She said Haiti has made significant contributions to the United States, including, helping win its independence by sending soldiers to fight in the Revolutionary War and World War II, discovering Chicago, and helping the U.S. with the Louisiana purchase, among others.

Altidor said the Haitian Embassy in Washington was inundated with emails from Americans apologizing for Trump's remarks, which he found heartening. When you speak about chain migration, it hurts them personally. He has also considered recording all his meetings to prevent similar controversies in the future. "Why don't we get more people from Norway?'" "The president and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel", Graham said, adding: "I've always believed that America is an idea, not defined by its people but by its ideals". The current immigration moment, he said, presents a "once in a generation opportunity" that can't be passed up.


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