Earlier this week, it was reported that President Trump made some disturbing remarks about immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and a few African nations. The world stood in shock as the President of the United States was confirmed by many witnesses to have actually uttered those disparaging remarks about immigrants from predominately non-white countries during an Oval Office meeting on immigration.
Lawmakers and pundits alike took to social media to denounce Trump’s attacks on poor immigrants from third world countries. House Speaker Paul Ryan reminded Trump that his ancestors came to America from Ireland.
CNN’s Don Lemon argued the Trump’s comments were blatantly racist. However, pro-Trump Pastor Mark Burns defended Trump’s comments to MSNBC’s Joy Reid. The host questioned the pastor how he could claim to be a man of God but also support sending immigrants back to their own countries.
Burns responded by telling Reid to focus on the people who need help in America before helping those in other countries, citing Trump’s “America First” policy, and argued that “black people in America are suffering.” After some debate, Burns got upset and said he was wasting his time. To which Reid responded, “Oh, well then, if I’m wasting your time, then goodbye.”
After the interview, Burns took to social media to declare the host should just “move to Haiti.” “Just wanted to say to Joy, who I consider a friend, she’s always been very kind and I think fair to me, but obviously in the interview you just saw, if you watched Joy Reid, that she should just move to Haiti since she’s more concerned about Haitian immigrants than black Americans here in poverty,” Burns said in the video posted to Twitter.
— Pastor Mark Burns (@pastormarkburns) January 13, 2018
Reid responded by reminded Burns that she did not consider him a friend and was only polite to him because he was a guest on her show. Reid said, “Sir, I always do try to be kind to the people who are on the show, but we’re not friends. You’re somebody that I am glad that you’re willing to come on and I do try to be fair to you and I’m glad that you can see that.” Are you glad Reid shut Burns down?