Many people have spoken out about Mr. Trump’s incredibly racist remarks he made in the Oval Office on Thursday. During a meeting on immigration, Trump said:
‘Why do we want all these people from sh*thole countries coming here?’
One source also heard him say:
‘Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out.’
‘The Wisconsin Republican was asked about the remark during a Q&A event at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He said that the first thing that came to mind is it’s “very unfortunate” and “unhelpful.”
‘”I thought about my own family,” he said, describing his Irish immigrant relatives who came to the U.S. on what he said were called “coffin ships” and began working the railroads. Eventually, he said, they opened a farm in Wisconsin after they raised enough money.
‘”It’s a beautiful story of America,” he said. “I see this as a thing to celebrate and I think it’s a big part of our strength.”‘
Mr. Trump denied on Friday that he made those comments during the bipartisan White House meeting on immigration. On Thursday, The Washington Post first reported Trump’s comments, followed by CBS News confirming his remarks. After these reports were made, the White House issued a statement and did not deny the comments.
According to CBS News:
‘While other Republicans have condemned the president’s remarks, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, has not yet issued a response.
‘Ryan reiterated that he wants to craft a legislative solution to protect so-called “Dreamers” and make the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program permanent. But he said he wants it to be part of a deal on border security.’
Speaker Ryan said the immigration bill will be voted on separately and will not be part of a government funding package. So, Ryan says that he doubts there will be a government shutdown:
‘No, I don’t there there will be.’
People had plenty to say on Twitter:
Mr. Trump’s latest comments have also fueled more speculation into his mental state. Presidents who are seemingly normal do not make comments about “sh*thole countries” and go on Twitter tirades about whose nuclear button is bigger. Jordan Awan writes in The New York Times:
‘Presidents should not, for instance, taunt the leaders of hostile nations about the size of their “nuclear button.” They should not tweet out videos depicting them violently assaulting their political opponents. They should not fire the F.B.I. director to derail an investigation into their own campaign’s possible collusion with a foreign government to swing the election. And, of course, they shouldn’t have to find themselves talking to reporters to insist that they’re mentally stable.’
Awan makes the point that regardless if Trump has a mental illness or not, either way, he is entirely unfit to serve in the capacity of president of the United States. It seems that as Americans we should all be concerned about how the leader of our country is referring to other nations and their people. Nothing excuses it.
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