In the aftermath of Trump’s racist comments calling African countries, Haiti and El Salvador “shithole countries,” CNN’s Anderson Cooper released a heartbreaking message about the people of Haiti on his show on Thursday.
“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.
“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.”
Cooper continued, “Let me be clear tonight. The people of Haiti have been through more, they’ve withstood more, they’ve fought back against more injustice than our president ever has.”
Cooper fought back his tears as he painfully retold what he saw in the wake of one of most deadliest earthquake Haiti has ever seen, killing over 200,000 people.
“Haitians slap your hand hard when they shake it — they look you in the eye, they don’t blink. 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,” Cooper added.
Cooper condemned Trump’s comments earlier in his show, saying that they were racist.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, meanwhile stating that he has no problem welcoming immigrants from Norway.
"Let me be clear tonight. The people of Haiti have been through more… withstood more — they've fought back against more injustice than our President ever has." Anderson Cooper choked back tears as he reflected on the devastating quake nearly 8 years ago https://t.co/Yuh5xe3P8Q
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