President Donald Trump ignited international outrage on Thursday after reportedly making a vulgar and racially-charged remark about immigrants from Haiti, South American and African nations during a closed-door meeting with lawmakers at the White House. The president reportedly questioned why the U.S. should accept more immigrants from Haiti and “shithole countries” from Africa and South America. On Friday, as the firestorm over his language engulfed the news cycle, Trump admitted using “tough” language, but denied using the profanity, The Associated Press reported. But U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois insisted in an interview on Friday that Trump used the vulgarity and said other “hate-filled things” during the negotiation over an immigration deal.
Women and men from across the political spectrum denounced Trump in the wake of the shocking comment. Two examples that caught our eye on Twitter were remarks from Chelsea Clinton and Mia Love, a congresswoman from Utah and a rising star in the Republican party.
Mr. President,” the former first daughter wrote, “immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti and the 54 countries in Africa likely helped build your buildings. They’ve certainly helped build our country.”
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) January 11, 2018
Love, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, posted a longer statement in the form of a screen shot embedded in her tweet.
“The President'[s] comments are unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation’s values. The President must apologize to both the American people and the nations he so wantonly maligned,” Love said before invoking her Haitian heritage. She said her parents, “proudly took an oath of allegiance to the United States and took on the responsibilities of everything that being a citizen comes with. They never took a thing from our federal government. They worked hard, paid taxes, and rose from nothing to take care of and provide opportunities for their children. They taught their children to do the same. That’s the American Dream.”
Here is my statement on the President’s comments today: pic.twitter.com/EdtsFjc2zL
— Rep. Mia Love (@RepMiaLove) January 11, 2018
And by Friday afternoon, outrage at the comments was far from abating. Below, watch some more people vent their frustrations with the president.