A year has passed since Donald Trump was elected president and nothing can surprise us at this point. From legislation and press conference statements to his tweets, the sad truth is that most of us are walking on eggshells when it comes to the Trump administration.
Last Thursday was just another incident of “Trumpisms” when POTUS made his stance clear on immigration policies concerning Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries. A lawmaker present at an Oval Office meeting reported to The Washington Post that Trump said, regarding immigration policy: “Why are we having all these people from sh*thole countries come here?”
According to those present at the meeting, the president also put the spotlight on Haiti by adding: “Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out!” This statement ties into the announcement made back in November that the administration would revoke the Temporary Protected Status for Haiti until July 2019.
Concerning the president’s past statements and actions on immigration and people of color, the statement was, as expected, met with controversy from both Democrat and Republican officials, as well as national and international organizations. Although some did not confirm or deny what the president said, many addressed the statement with dismay. One of them was Hillary Clinton, who took to Twitter posting:
The anniversary of the devastating earthquake 8 years ago is a day to remember the tragedy, honor the resilient people of Haiti, & affirm America’s commitment to helping our neighbors. Instead, we‘re subjected to Trump’s ignorant, racist views of anyone who doesn’t look like him.
Leave it to Hillary to address the problem as it is. This isn’t the first time (thankfully) that Clinton has spoken out against the ignorance that fuels the administration. It gives us the much-needed hope that a nation-wide effort towards change and resistance is still very much alive.