During a meeting with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House on Thursday, U.S. President, Donald Trump referred to Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries.”
As per The Washington Post, two sources briefed on the conversation say that during the portion of the conversation about Haiti — which came at the top of the exchange that led to the “shithole” comment — the president questioned why Haitians should be given specific consideration.
“Why do we need more Haitians, take them out,” President Trump reportedly said.
According to that report, someone else in the room responded: “Because if you do, it will be obvious why.”
Those words don’t sit well with many. That many includes MSNBC host and National Action President, Reverend Al Sharpton. “The deplorable statements by President Donald Trump while meeting with a bipartisan group of Senators at the White House regarding an immigration deal goes beyond racial insensitivity,” Reverend Sharpton said to RESPECT Magazine in a released statement.
“For the President to make these remarks just after he was quoted as saying all Haitians have AIDS and Nigerians live in huts demonstrates a consistent pattern of racism and bigotry. It is further concerning that he is doing it in policy meetings that will impact laws in this country and abroad.”
Reverend Sharpton believes that President Trump’s comments have been consistently racist and insensitive throughtout the first year of his presidency. “Trump uses white nationalist rhetoric to continue to explicitly define, disrespect, and destroy communities of color,” said Reverend Sharpton.
“His lack of presidential decorum is a disgrace to our country’s highest office.”
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the only federal holiday dedicated to a person of color will be celebrated on Monday.
Reverend Sharpton believes that President Trump has once again shown his character by his recent remarks. He wants to see more done in response to President Trump’s statement on Thursday. “We must challenge the Senate and Congress to repudiate President Trump’s comments and every Senator that was in that meeting should publicly denounce him,” he said.
“They should also explain why they didn’t say anything in the meeting – and if they fail to answer, they should be targeted by the civil rights community as accomplices. This is the ultimate disrespect to hundreds of communities who believe in the American Dream – the same dream of equality and justice that Dr. King had. We will not let Trump or his Administration forget these words when we vote this year or in 2020.”