Here is what Donald Trump said (it is worth repeating):
"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" Trump said, according to The Washington Post, which first reported his comments. (Source: The Hill)
The comment apparently was referring to conversations involving the restoration of “protections for immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti and African nations as part of an immigration deal” Trump was discussing with Senate leaders.
The Daily Mail is reporting that U.N. Human rights spokesperson Rupert Coville is calling Trump racist for his comments regarding the people of El Salvador, Haiti and Africa.
Reaction from Republicans is swift. Here is one example:
Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah), the nation's first Haitian-American representative, said the president's remarks were "unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation's values."
"This behavior is unacceptable from the leader of our nation," Love said in a statement. "My parents came from one of those countries but proudly took an oath of allegiance to the United States and took on the responsibilities of everything that being a citizen comes with." The Hill
The White House responded to the reports:
"Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people," White House spokesman Raj Shah said Thursday. The Hill
With the White House spokesman’s response in mind, it appears that Trump is a racist. Moreover, his silence demonstrates he has a lack of regard for the people of other nations whose skin color is different from his. Moreover, a swift repudiation of Trump's statement was warranted and not given. Most telling is a lack of personal remorse coming immediately from Trump himself.
The damage is irreparable and clearly shows a lack of regard for human dignity and equality.
Trump, so after this blog post was published tweeted the following:
The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!"