Just when you think the Donald has reached the precipice of his bigotry and disdain for non-Whites and immigrants he follows his childhood calling and reaches for the stars. The Washington Post dropped another bomb on the Trump administration Thursday revealing that the celebrity president referred to Haiti and African nations as a “sh*thole” in a meeting with lawmakers. Two individuals reportedly briefed on the meeting said the president lashed out at lawmakers in frustration surrounding the probability of reinstating protections for TPS recipients from Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations that his administration plans to end.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, according to the report.
Well, those countries have responded to Trump’s repulsive remarks BUT their response is divided. In Haiti, the first free Black republic in the western hemisphere, the U.S. charge d’affaires, Robin Diallo, was summoned to the presidential palace to explain Trump’s remarks. Trump allegedly also said in response to Haitian nationals in the United States, “Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out.” According to CBS News, Trump’s nominee to be U.S. Ambassador to Haiti has not yet arrived at the post, making Diallo the highest ranking U.S. diplomat in the Caribbean nation.
Haitian President Jovenel Moise issued a strongly worded statement condemning Trump’s comments calling it a racist view Haitian immigrants.
“The Haitian government condemns in the strongest terms these abhorrent and obnoxious remarks which, if proven, reflect a totally erroneous and racist view of the Haitian community and its contribution to the United States,” it said.
The statement also cited the many contributions of the Haitian people to the American tapestry including the many Haitian soldiers who fought on the American side against the British in the Revolutionary War and in the War of 1812..
“The relationship between the two countries has been strengthened by the fact that millions of sons and daughters of Haiti have contributed and will continue to contribute to the prosperity and greatness of America.”
Former Prime Minister Laurant Lamothe said Trump showed “a lack of respect and ignorance” not previously shown by a U.S. president and “the world is witnessing a new low today.”
The Haitian ambassador to the United States, Paul Altidor, told MSNBC that the nation was appalled at the callous comments by Trump which he attributed to Trump’s ignorance.
“Either the president has been misinformed or he is miseducated,” Altidor told MSNBC‘s Yamiche Alcindor.
Across the African continent the response to Trump was varied and less direct. Several African governments, many of which are top recipients of American aid, found themselves unable to wean their countries off America’s teat and condemn Trump’s comments. South Sudan for example declined to express any comments saying, “Unless it was specifically said about South Sudan, we have nothing to say,” according to South Sudan government spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny.
Botswana’s government called Trump’s comment “reprehensible and racist,”. The country followed Haiti’s lead summoning the U.S. ambassador to clarify whether the country was regarded so poorly after years of cordial relations.
The African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa called Trump’s comments “extremely offensive,” while opposition leader Mmusi Maimane said “the hatred of Obama’s roots now extends to an entire continent.” Uganda’s state minister for international relations, Henry Okello Oryem, called the remarks “unfortunate and regrettable” and hoped that heads of state will reply at an African Union summit later this month.
While many of the African governments chose not to outright call Trump on his racism, media outlets and an ever increasingly conscious body of young people held nothing back. Photos of the African landscape and urban areas surged on Twitter with the hashtag #sh*thole.
“He has not only insulted Africans, he has also insulted African-Americans,” said Sylvester Odion Akhaine, associate professor of international relations at the Lagos State University in Nigeria. “Internationally, such language will deepen the isolation of the United States, a country that is already losing its global prestige.”
Kenyan entrepreneur Wangui Muraguri told the AP, “Well, that is the perfect definition of racism. That is all I have to say.”
“Casual Friday at the White House is soon to include hoods and tiki torches at this rate,” South African media outlet Daily Maverick wrote.
Trump’s comments were “shocking and shameful” and “I’m sorry, but there’s no other word one can use but racist,” said a spokesman for the U.N. human rights office, Rupert Colville.
Some in Africa decided to own Trump’s vulgar language or throw it back in his face.
“Good morning from the greatest most beautiful ‘shithole country’ in the world!!!” South African Broadcasting Corporation anchor Leanne Manas tweeted.
“As someone from South Shithole, Trevor is deeply offended by the president’s remarks,” The Daily Show tweeted of its South African-born host, Trevor Noah.
Everyone didn’t feel as strongly about the president’s comments however. Mamady Traore, a 30-year-old sociologist in Guinea said, “Trump is absolutely right. When you have heads of state who mess with the constitutions to perpetuate their power. When you have rebel factions that kill children, disembowel women as saints, who mutilate innocent civilians.”
In Kenya, East Africa’s economic hub, political activist Boniface Mwangi pleaded: “Please don’t confuse the … leaders we Africans elect with our beautiful continent.” He later told the AP that “Africa gave America the greatest president ever” in Barack Obama. “It is actually a disgrace for one of the best men to occupy that office to be succeeded by an idiot.”
As rage continued to spread worldwide the U.S. government’s own Africa Media Hub attempted to do damage control tweeting, “U.S. remains committed to working together w/Africans to realize the promise of a more peaceful, more productive, more prosperous 21st century Africa. U.S. deeply respects the people of #Africa & values its partnerships with them.”
With so many pissed off Blacks/Africans we’ll see what comes from the latest Trump “scandal”.
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