Is President Donald Trump a racist?
President Donald Trump has insisted that he was “not a racist,” after his reported denunciation of immigration from “shithole” countries triggered a global firestorm of criticism.
Trump last week tweeted a convoluted denial about the comments, which were reported by The Washington Post and The New York Times and confirmed by Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who attended the meeting at which they were said to have been spoken.
Trump told reporters, “I’m not a racist. I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed, that I can tell you,”
The alleged expletive came during a Thursday meeting between Trump and legislators about immigration reform.
After lawmakers raised the issue of protections for immigrants from African nations, Haiti and El Salvador, the president reportedly demanded to know why the United States should accept immigrants from “shithole countries,” rather than, for instance, wealthy and overwhelmingly white Norway.
Accounts suggest that when Mr Trump was told that the largest groups of immigrants with the status were from El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti, the president responded: “Haitians? Do we need more Haitians?”
The president tweeted on Friday morning that the language he used in the meeting was “tough” but disputed the wording of the reports.
He also posted another tweet denying he had insulted Haitians, accusing Democrats of making it up.
But Senator Dick Durbin stood by claims, and said that Mr Trump had used “hate-filled, vile and racist” language during the meeting.
The African Union on Friday demanded that the US president apologise expressing their “shock, dismay and outrage” at the “clearly racist” remarks.
The UN human rights spokesman, Rupert Colville, told a Geneva news briefing: “There is no other word one can use but racist. You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as ‘shitholes’.”
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) accused the president of falling “deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole of racism and xenophobia”.
Several Democratic representatives have said they intend to skip the president’s State of the Union address later this month over the comments, accusing the president of racism.
Today I want to know if you think President Trump’s comments were racist.
The president has been accused of being racist in the past with some of his proposals like building walls to keep Mexicans out of America and also his travel ban from certain Middle Eastern countries.
Some people say that calling counties ‘shithole’s is not racist as a country is not a race.
However, disagree and think his comments are racist.
I want to know what you think –
So – do you think Trump is racist?
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