Just when you thought Donald Trump couldn’t sink any lower, he does.
We’ve heard the man say not all neo-Nazis are bad; that Haitians “all have AIDS” and that people from Africa would never “go back to their huts” once they have seen the U.S.
Insightful, and legendary, newsman Dan Rather took to Facebook today to blast Trump on his most recent racist statement. At a White House meeting on immigration, Trump asked, ““Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump was referring to immigration from African, Central American and Caribbean countries.
Below is a reprint of Rather’s remarks:
Trump’s comments about immigrants from “shithole countries” is among the worst statements he has ever uttered. It might very well be the worst.
To have this outrage come as we approach the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is to cast in sharp relief the moral gulf between America as envisioned by the civil rights activist and our current President. It was Dr. King who said “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” By all accounts, Mr. Trump does not now and has never believed in such an America.
This is undeniably and clearly outright racist. It simply cannot be allowed to continue by anyone who cares about the future of this country.
This is sad. It is hurtful. It is dangerous. It is unpatriotic.
Each elected official, each American, has a choice: where do you stand? Some may say this helps the President with his base. What about how it debases the values of our nation? This rhetoric has to be damned at every turn, at every time.
That millions of hard working men, women, and children have lives that hang in the balance at the whims of this President only makes this moment all the more tragic.
Make no mistake; America is diminished today in the eyes of the world and in the eyes of history. It will be up to every decent person to make sure that this is not our destiny.
We undoubtedly have had prejudiced presidents in the past, but never one so openly … and shamefully … racist.
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