News Americas, MIAMI, FL, Fri. Jan. 12, 2018: In 2016, some Haitian immigrants did the unthinkable – they decided that the ‘nasty man’ was a much better choice than that ‘nasty woman,’ and so they hitched their wagons to him and in the process made it seem that all Haitians were in favor of the xenophobe who had made no secret of how he felt about immigrants.
On September 16, 2016, in the heart of Miami’s Little Haiti, several Haitian-Americans, including a former finance minister of Haiti, opened their arms to then candidate Donald Trump at the publicly-funded Little Haiti Cultural Center. There, a beaming Trump told those gathered that he wanted to be their “greatest champion.”
At the event organized by a group calling themselves: “Haitians For Trump,” many seemed excited to embrace the brash Republican who began his campaign with an anti-immigrant swipe, calling Mexicans “rapists” and “murderers.”
They were even quick to bash Democratic contender Hillary Clinton and her husband. “The Clintons have been running Haiti for 25 years… and they say Haiti, with Martelly, is open for business. They opened up Haiti for monkey business. Drug business, money laundering business,” said a community leader who introduced Trump.
Fast track to January 11, 2018 when Trump, according to lawmakers present at a bipartisan meeting in the Oval Office on restoring protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries reportedly said: “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?,” referring to African and Haiti.
Trump also said at the meeting according to CNN: “Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out.”
He then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries like the European nation Norway, whose prime minister he met Wednesday.
The alleged comment comes just under a month after the New York Times reported that Trump, in a fit of anger during a June cabinet meeting in the Oval Office, said Haitians entering the U.S. “all have AIDS.”
And it comes 14 months after Trump’s administration ended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for thousands of Haitians in the US, giving them until July 22, 2019 to legalize their status or get out.
This, while records show that Trump employs more immigrant workers from Haiti at Mar-A-Lago than from anywhere else, save for Romania.
So what has changed?
Nothing really, except Shi–y-in-Chief, the US’ Nastiest, Hypocritical Man, has turned on the same people he vowed to be a “champion” of and is now showing them his “real stripes,” or the ones that were there all along but which they failed to see.
Sadly, those Haitians for Trump are silent while their entire population and nation are denigrated.
But luckily, people like Haitian American Congressmember Mia Love, Cubamn-American Congressmember Ileana Ros–Lehtinen, Caribbean-American Congressmembers Yvette Clarke and Adriano Espaillat and Senator Kamala Harris are calling Trump out on his bigotry and hate.
“The president calling #Haiti a “shithole country” ignores the contributions thousands of Haitians have made to our #SoFla community and nation,” Congressmember Ros–Lehtinen said. “Language like that shouldn’t be heard in locker rooms and it shouldn’t be heard in the White House.”
“Tell me who you walk with… and I will tell you who you are. #Trump walks with racists and I am not surprised that he used these ugly racist remarks,” Congressman Espaillat tweeted while Senator Harris also pointed out Trump’s racism tweeting: “We have to call these actions what they are: an attempt to remake the demographics of our country by cracking down on immigrants.”
Congresswoman Love called on Trump to “apologize to the American people and to the nations he so wantonly maligned” while Congresswoman Clarke said his “bigotry is showing.”
Illinois State Sen., Kwame Raoul, whose Haitian parents immigrated to the U.S. in the 1950s told the AP: “I don’t think there’s any apologizing out of this. He’s demonstrated himself to be unfit, unknowledgeable about the history of this country and the history of contributions that immigrants, particularly Haitian immigrants, have made to this country.”
The White House denied the NY Times article on the June comment but on Thursday, the Indian-American spokesman at the White House could not deny the latest comments.
Instead, Raj Shah defended Trump’s position on immigration without directly addressing Trump’s remarks. In a statement he said: “Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries but President Trump will always fight for the American people.”
But in Haiti, reports indicate that the Haitian government has formally summoned a US official to explain Trump’s comments as Haiti ambassador Paul Altidor said Trump’s comments were an “assault” on Haitian people.
This comes as some advocates urged Haitians to use their vote at the ballot box this election cycle.
But as the reactions continue, one thing is clear – Haitians like Farah Larrieux still cannot come to grips with the many hypocritical sides of ‘Shi–y-in-Chief.
“I can’t understand how someone goes from making a statement in Little Haiti saying ‘I want to be the biggest champion of Haiti’ to calling Haiti a ‘shithole.’ It makes me sick,” Larrieux told the AP.