If Donald Trump thought the allegations that he called certain countries “sh*thole countries” would go away with his tweeted denial of making those remarks, he was sadly mistaken.
Trump is still facing backlash after his remarks were reported on. Along with the allegations, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) spoke out and confirmed that he had made those remarks.
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 12, 2018
In response to the reports, Trump was trotted out in front of reporters Friday morning to sign a Martin Luther King Jr. Day proclamation. CBS reported:
‘The president praised Martin Luther King Jr. for standing up for the rights of African-Americans, and said everyone was at the White House to remember, “that no matter what the color of our skin or the place of our birth, we are all created equal by God.”‘
Funnily enough, that remark does not include religious affiliation, sexual orientation, gender, etc. Furthermore, he made those remarks about Martin Luther King Jr. a day after he said this:
‘Why are we having all these people from sh*thole countries come here? We should bring in more people from places like Norway.’
Reporters who were gathered to watch Trump sign the proclamation did not give Trump an easy time and in response to their questions, Trump ran away scared. Reporters didn’t dress it up and asked bluntly:
‘Mr. President, are you a racist?’
Another question shouted at the president asked:
‘Mr. President, will you give an apology for the statement yesterday?’
“Mr. President, are you a racist?” Donald Trump ignores reporters’ shouted questions after signing the MLK proclamation. pic.twitter.com/yq1QTKNE8N
— Charlotte Morabito (@MorabitoCM) January 12, 2018
Trump may have denied the allegations; however, the White House released a statement that didn’t actually deny anything. An absence of denial leads one to believe it’s a confirmation. Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah stated:
‘Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people … President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation.’
Basically, Pres. Trump wrongly assumes only white people can contribute to America’s growth. A country may be poor, but it does not mean the people of that country have any less potential than an American. They are stifled by either natural disasters or corrupt governments, not their own potential.
The comments came during a bipartisan meeting to discuss a deal on DACA. Attached to that were the protections offered to citizens of Haiti, El Salvador, and other countries that have suffered immensely due to natural disasters or political upheaval and instability.
Back in November, Trump ended the protections Haitians had received after a massive earthquake decimated the country back in 2010. They must go back to Haiti by 2019.
The Washington Post reported Trump does have some support from Rep. Steve King (R-IA) who tweeted out an abhorrent racist tweet.
‘Hang in there Mr. President @realDonaldTrump. If those countries aren’t as you described, Democrats should be happy to deport criminal aliens back to them. &End #AnchorBabies, too.’
Trump will never admit he’s racist. He’ll talk about how much he loves black people and how much they love him. Looking at approval ratings, however, no one is loving Trump.
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