John Lewis: I think Trump is a racist

Henrietta Brewer
January 15, 2018

Trump reportedly used the word "s**thole" to describe Haiti and El Salvador, as also African countries, while discussing immigration issues with United States lawmakers on Thursday.

Trump this week voiced frustration behind closed doors about people coming to the U.S. from what he said were "shithole countries", according to sources.

"For him to confront the president as he did, literally sitting next to him, took extraordinary political courage and I respect him for it".

He tweeted a convoluted denial today in an attempt to quell outrage both at home and overseas.

The group of United Nations diplomats said it was "extremely appalled at, and strongly condemns the outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks".

"He said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly", Durbin told reporters on Friday.


Paul said immigration needs to have limits and be structured, and that the "saltiness" of Trump's language was unhelpful.

"I don't think it makes it impossible, but I suspect the Democrats are sitting there going: 'Why would we want to compromise with him on anything?'"

The president also asked if Haiti could be left out of the plan, reports the New York Times, "Why do we want people from Haiti here?" She spoke up at an event at the White House, as Trump stood beside Isaac Newton Farris, King's nephew, while a group of African-American supporters and members of his administration were on hand in the Roosevelt Room.

Trump has denied using certain "language" during the meeting.

Senator Dick Durbin of IL, the only Democrat in the room, said Mr Trump had indeed said what he was reported to have said.

However, Republicans and Democrats have both said they either heard Trump say it, or heard directly from colleagues who did.


However, justifying the President's claim, in a statement White House spokesman Raj Shah said, "Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people".

Almost 700,000 Dreamers are at risk of losing deportation relief and work permits ― or already have ― because Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.

Noting that the U.S. President's remarks was "in the best interest" of African nations, the pastor observed that African leaders have, over the years, squandered the wealth of the continent through carelessness, corruption and lack of good leadership.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who Trump mocked mercilessly during the campaign, blasted the "hateful racism" implied by Trump's quote.

African Union ambassadors to the United Nations have demanded an apology from U.S. President Donald Trump for his racist remark on the people of Africa. Participants waved Haitian flags, sang the civil rights anthem "We Shall Overcome" and carried signs with messages such as "Haiti will not forget" and "Trump is a bigot". We knew it in the 1970s, when he and his father were twice sued by the justice department for refusing to rent apartments to black people.

Trump also denied having said "take them out" in regard to Haitians during the Thursday Oval Office meeting.


"It's hard to believe that he wouldn't say a statement as offensive considering just three weeks ago, it was reported that Trump said, "[Haitians] all have AIDS" in a June meeting about immigration. Apparently he and I are the only two people that use a few curse words here and there.

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