Very few Republicans, particularly those in elected office, have been willing to denounce President Donald Trump after he called Haiti and African nations “shitholes” during a discussion about immigration policy.
Following the parade of weak wrist-slaps Trump got from Republican politicians for his remarks, a Republican strategist called out her own party and told them that they need to “grow a pair” and stand up to Trump over his overt racism.
In the meeting, President Trump said, according to the Washington Post, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” This virulently racist and insulting statement, however, did not move Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan to condemn Trump for it. Stated America’s second most powerful Republican politician meekly and weakly, “The first thing that came to my mind was very unfortunate, unhelpful, but you know what I thought of right away? Family. My family, like a whole of people, came from Ireland and worked the railroads.” He added, hilariously, “It is a beautiful story of America. So I see this as something to celebrate.” Taking Rep. Ryan’s example, other elected Republicans offered their own tepid scoldings of the president’s bigoted words.
This did not sit well with Republican strategist Tara Setmayer, who blasted the Republican Party’s leadership for its toothless response to Trump’s racist remarks. Commented Setmayer during a CNN appearance, “President Trump is a notorious liar. You cannot believe anything that comes out of the White House, unfortunately.” She then recounted Trump’s record of racist actions going back decades, stating, “Everyone knows of the housing discrimination lawsuit that was brought against Donald Trump in the ’70s. It was marked on the application whether they were black or not. He was sued for this. It was reported that he actually went to the Justice Department lawyers and said, ‘Come on, you would not want to live with them either.’ Donald Trump is a notorious bigot.” Setmayer then dropped the hammer on Republican politicians, saying, “I am appalled at the fact that the Republican leadership in both the House and the Senate have been silent on this. They need to grow a pair and speak up. Why does it take the only black Republican members in the House and in the Senate, Mia Love and Tim Scott, to come out and say something?” Are you glad that Tara spoke out about this? Watch her full commentary below: