CNN host Anderson Cooper choked back tears on his show Thursday after reflecting on the earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010, while also noting that Haitians have “fought back against more injustice than our president ever has” following Trump’s reported comments referring to the country as a “shithole.”
“Like all countries, Haiti is a collection of people — rich and poor, well-educated and not, good and bad. But I’ve never met a Haitian who isn’t strong,” Cooper said on CNN. “You have to be in a place where the government has often abandoned its people, where opportunities are few and where Mother Nature has punished the people far more than anyone should ever be punished.”
“Let me be clear tonight,” Cooper continued. “The people of Haiti have been through more, they’ve withstood more, they’ve fought back against more injustice than our president ever has.”
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Cooper choked back tears as he reflected on his experiences during the aftermath of the earthquakes that struck Haiti, killing more than 200,000 people.
“Haitians slap your hand hard when they shake it — they look you in the eye, they don’t blink,” Cooper said. “They stand tall, and they have dignity. It’s a dignity that many in this White House could learn from. It’s a dignity the president, with all his money and all his power, could learn from as well.”
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Earlier in his show, Cooper slammed Trump’s remarks, calling them racist.
The Washington Post reported Thursday that in a meeting with lawmakers, Trump referred to immigrants from Haiti and African nations as coming from “shithole countries.”
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said in an Oval Office meeting, before adding that the U.S. should bring in more immigrants from countries like Norway.
The White House issued a statement on Thursday that did not deny the president’s remarks.
“Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,” White House spokesperson Raj Shah said in the statement.