Earlier this week it was reported that President Trump, the leader of the free world, referred to Haiti and African countries as “shithole countries” during an Oval Office meeting on immigration. Not only are the comments distasteful but they are insulting to large groups of people.
CNN’s Don Lemon argued that Trump’s remark that these predominately non-white countries are “shithole countries” is nothing short of racist. Even Republican Speaker Paul Ryan called Trump’s comments “unhelpful” and “unfortunate.” Ryan went on to remind Trump that his family immigrated from Ireland and face resistance from Americans when they came here.
Former Vice President Joe Biden also issued a scathing rebuke to Trump’s comments, saying Trump’s remarks are “not how a president should speak.” Biden took to social media to tweet: “It’s not how a president should speak. It’s not how a president should behave. Most of all, it’s not what a president should believe. We’re better than this.”
It’s not how a president should speak. It’s not how a president should behave. Most of all, it’s not what a president should believe. We’re better than this.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 12, 2018
The Washington Post was the first to report Trump had made the comments during the Oval Office meeting on immigration. The Post went on to report that the President stated his preference for bringing in immigrants from countries like Norway, a predominately all-white country.
While Trump admits that he used “tough language” in the meeting, he claims, “this was not the language used.” However, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who was present in the meeting with Trump, confirmed to sources that Trump “said these hate-filled things, and he said them repeatedly.”
Do you agree with Biden? Is this how a president should speak?