President Trump is receiving backlash from all over the board over his recent comments that Haiti, El Salvador, and a few African nations were “shithole countries.” Several Republican lawmakers have denounced Trump’s statements and some commentators have even gone as far to argue that the comments prove the President is a racist.
House Speaker Paul Ryan called Trump’s disparaging comments about immigrants during a meeting in the Oval Office earlier this week “unhelpful.” Ryan also reminded Trump that his family came to America from Ireland.
Many other celebrities and pundits have criticized Trump for the comments. However, the president of the NAACP responded to Trump’s attacks immigrants from poor countries by reminding viewers not to get “so caught up in his words.” NAACP President Derrick Johnson told CNN, “We know he’s a racist, he’s demonstrated that.”
Johnson went on to explain that Trump’s comments reminded him of the “language of the 50’s and 60’s.” The NACCP president claimed the remarks were made to “energize the base” before the 2018 midterm elections. Johnson argued that the President is “racist both in his actions and his words.”
Although, Trump claims that while he did use harsh language in the meeting, he never made any disparaging remarks about Haiti. Unfortunately for Trump, there were witnesses present at the meeting that heard the comments directly from Trump’s mouth. Even GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham was taken back by Trump’s remarks.
It is hard to believe that the President of the United States said such terrible things about his fellow humans. The Obama administration was filled with passion and compassion, while the Trump administration seems filled with hate and divisiveness. Do Trump’s comments prove he is a racist?