Donald Trump attacked immigrants from what he called ‘shithole countries’ on Thursday and asked lawmakers why people from Norway don’t immigrate here instead. Sure, people from Norway, a country with universal health care, really want to come to the U.S. where we have a so-called president who is diminishing our status in the world. Sounds legit!
Trump was speaking to lawmakers in the Oval Office when they floated the idea of restoring protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump asked, leaving lawmakers stunned by his choice of words. The White House did not deny that Trump made those remarks.
Trump’s appalling remark forced Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R) to defend immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) who have been allowed to remain in the United States due to armed conflict or environmental disaster in their home countries.
“Under no circumstances is it acceptable to degrade, denigrate, or dehumanize #TPS immigrants,” the Republican lawmaker tweeted. “The White House must immediately explain the situation and leave no doubt regarding what was said and in what context.”
Under no circumstances is it acceptable to degrade, denigrate, or dehumanize #TPS immigrants. The White House must immediately explain the situation and leave no doubt regarding what was said and in what context.
— Rep. Carlos Curbelo (@RepCurbelo) January 11, 2018
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said that he wanted a “detailed explanation” from the White House about Trump’s comments.
“I look forward to getting a more detailed explanation regarding the President’s comments. Part of what makes America so special is that we welcome the best and brightest in the world, regardless of their country of origin,” Hatch tweeted.
HATCH: “I look forward to getting a more detailed explanation regarding the President’s comments. Part of what makes America so special is that we welcome the best and brightest in the world, regardless of their country of origin.” #utpol
— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) January 11, 2018
Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) called Trump a “vile stain” on America’s reputation.
“Just when you think he cannot say anything more vulgar and offensive, he embarrasses us again,” Titus tweeted. “He is a vile stain on our country’s reputation.”
— Dina Titus (@repdinatitus) January 11, 2018
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox tore into Trump on Twitter.
“Donald Trump, your mouth is the foulest shithole in the world. With what authority do you proclaim who’s welcome in America and who’s not,” Fox asked, then went on to question whether Trump is familiar with his own family’s history.
“America’s greatness is built on diversity, or have you forgotten your immigrant background, Donald?” he asked in a tweet.
.@realDonaldTrump, your mouth is the foulest shithole in the world. With what authority do you proclaim who’s welcome in America and who’s not. America’s greatness is built on diversity, or have you forgotten your immigrant background, Donald?
— Vicente Fox Quesada (@VicenteFoxQue) January 11, 2018
Republican Rep. Mia Love of Utah – whose family is from Haiti – called for Trump to apologize for his remarks. “The President must apologize to both the American people and the nations he wantonly maligned,” she said.
NEW — Republican Rep. Mia Love, whose family comes from Haiti: “The President’ comments are unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation’s values. This behavior is unacceptable from the leader of our nation.” pic.twitter.com/CYELVyobEn
— Tim Mak (@timkmak) January 11, 2018
Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu agreed that Trump should apologize.
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 12, 2018
In a separate tweet, Lieu called Trump’s comments ‘stark racism.’
Once again, @realDonaldTrump is dividing our nation. His statement today in the Oval Office was beyond the pale, even for him. If the stark racism of @POTUS makes you angry, help us take back the House and Senate this November. And this January 20, go march. https://t.co/iUyHpFPtJN
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 11, 2018
Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal called Trump’s remarks ‘blatant racism.’
Sen. Richard Blumenthal responds to Trump's "shithole countries" remark to @AriMelber: "Smacks of blatant racism. The most odious and insidious racism masquerading, poorly, as immigration policy. And, I'll be very blunt: The president doesn't speak for me as an American."
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 11, 2018
Filmmaker and producer Rob Reiner called Trump a ‘shithole president.’
“Can’t wait until we get rid of this shithole president,” Reiner tweeted.
Can’t wait until we get rid of this shithole president.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) January 11, 2018
Congratulations, Mr. Trump, you brought Republicans and Democrats together because they’re disgusted by your remarks.
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