Social media erupted Thursday after President Trump slammed protections for immigrants from “s–thole countries” in the Caribbean and Africa, while some leaders chose to ignore his controversial remarks.
“Why are we having all these people from s–thole countries come here?” the President reportedly griped during an Oval Office meeting Thursday afternoon.
Advocacy group leaders called Trump’s comments “racist” but chose not to focus on his latest attack on immigrants.
“How does one even react to that?” said Ninaj Raoul, co-founder of Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees (HWHR,) told the Daily News Thursday.
Trump blasts protections for immigrants from ‘s–thole countries’
“I think these are all distractions from the real issues around immigration,” Raoul said.
“I just think there is only right thing to do and I think a lot of this name calling is just a distraction as the President has done on other issues. It comes almost daily,” she said.
Former talk show host Herold Dasque told the Daily News that if Trump’s comments were accurately reported, “that shows that he’s blatantly a racist.”
However he said he was choosing not to pay too much attention to the insult.
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“We are on a higher ground than that,” Dasque told the News.
He added that “someone might say the U.S. is a s–thole country, too.”
Mexican President Vicente Fox took aim at Trump Thursday.
“[email protected], your mouth is the foulest s–thole in the world. With what authority do you proclaim who’s welcome in America and who’s not. America’s greatness is built on diversity, or have you forgotten your immigrant background, Donald?” he fumed on Twitter.
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U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland condemned Trump’s “unforgivable” statement, calling it a “demeaning of the office of the Presidency. I will always fight for the vulnerable among us and against bigotry in all its forms,” he said on Twitter.
Rep. Adam Schiff of California joined the chorus of lawmakers who denounced Trumps remarks.
“It’s not often you can say this, but it would be better for our national security if the President of the United States watched cartoons every morning. (Or anything, for the matter, other than Fox News.)”
Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. said, “Once again, @POTUS has made a fool of himself & our nation on a worldwide stage. He’s showing his bigoted tendencies in ways that would make Archie Bunker blush. White House statement makes it even more obvious that this President needs some help — what a national disgrace!”
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Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois also chimed in with a statement.
“We always knew that President Trump doesn’t like people from certain countries or people or certain colors. We can no we say with 100% confidence that the President is a racist who does not share the values enshrined in our Constitution or Declaration of Independence.”
Rep. Nancy Pelosi took the opportunity to highlight the importance of “getting an agreement on DACA a soon as possible.”
Chelse Clinton reminded the President that members of the groups he denigrated had likely helpd construct his buildings.
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“Mr. President, immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti and the 54 countries in Africa likely helped build your buildings. They’ve certainly helped build our country,” she said.
Trump was reportedly incensed after lawmakers proposed restoring protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries, The Washington Post reported.
He suggested that the United States instead bring in more people from countries like Norway.
With LEONARD GREENE
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