Anderson Cooper and a number of other celebrities and TV personalities chose to react to Donald Trump’s “s**thole countries” remark during a meeting with lawmakers earlier this week.
Donald Trump had yet another shocking comment that sparked outrage in the media. On Thursday, during a meeting with lawmakers, the U.S. President exclaimed: “Why are we having all these people from s**thole countries come here?” This, in the middle of a discussion about protection for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and Africa.
In response to his comments, Anderson Cooper made a statement on Thursday evening on CNN live: “Let me be clear, the people of Haiti have been through more, withstood more, fought back against more injustice than our President ever has”, the television anchor said, adding that his math teacher in high school was a Haitian immigrant. “[He] worked hard, dedicated himself to teaching kids”, Cooper continued. “He ultimately returned to Haiti and was assassinated while running for president.”
Here is Cooper’s full discourse on the matter:
"Let me be clear…. the people of Haiti have been through more, withstood more, fought back against more injustice… than our President ever has" Anderson Cooper choked back tears as he reflected on his relationship with Haiti, and its people https://t.co/3arEalkKOM
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) January 12, 2018
Singer John Legend took to Twitter to call Donald Trump a racist. “The president is a racist. He has been for his entire public life” He added: “If you vote(d) for him, you do so because of that or despite that. We need a multi-racial anti-racist coalition to defeat him and try to heal our nation.”
The president is a racist. He has been for his entire public life. If you vote(d) for him, you do so because of that or despite that. We need a multi-racial anti-racist coalition to defeat him and try to heal our nation.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) January 12, 2018
Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton wrote: “Mr. President, 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
CNN’s Don Lemon called Trump a racist too, but said it was more important to be strategic than to be consumed by rage.
Ben Stiller, Patton Oswald, Ben Platt, Chrissy Teigen and many other have also slammed the U.S. President for his comment.