Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few days, you are very well aware that President Trump made some disturbing remarks during a recent Oval Office meeting on immigration. In fact, the President’s comments were so disturbing that CNN’s Don Lemon argued that they were blatantly racist.
Trump’s comments were reportedly aimed at Haiti, El Salvador, and a few African nations. The nations are predominately non-white, which is why so many people are accusing Trump of racism. What’s more, Trump also reportedly asserted his preference for immigrants from countries like Norway, which is a predominately white country.
When the leaders of these countries heard about Trump’s attacks they immediately responded. Haiti’s Ambassador to the U.S. Paul Altidor asserted that he and the Haitian government “vehemently condemn” Trump’s comments, which he said were “based on stereotypes.”
Altidor went on to claim that Trump is either “misinformed” or “miseducated” about Haiti. Haiti’s former Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe blasted the insults as “totally unacceptable” and a “new low” for Trump. What’s more, Botswana’s government issued a statement denouncing the remarks as “reprehensible and racist.”
Ghana’s president also took offense to the president’s remarks, insisting that his country “will not accept such insults.” President Nana Akufo-Addo tweeted:“The language of @realDonaldTrump that the African continent, Haiti, and El Salvador are ‘shithole countries’ is extremely unfortunate. We are certainly not a ‘shithole country’ We will not accept such insults, even from a leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful.”
President Trump is the leader of the free world and with that title comes the obligation to inspire. However, Trump has on successfully accomplished one thing with his senseless attacks: destroy the morale of millions of people who aren’t lucky enough to come from the same background as President Trump.