Social media erupted Thursday after President Trump slammed protections for immigrants from “s–thole countries” in the Caribbean and Africa, while some leaders chose to ignore his controversial remarks.
“Why are we having all these people from s–thole countries come here?” the President reportedly griped during an Oval Office meeting Thursday afternoon.
Advocacy group leaders called Trump’s comments “racist” but chose not to focus on his latest attack on immigrants.
“How does one even react to that?” said Ninaj Raoul, co-founder of Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees (HWHR,) told the Daily News Thursday.
“I think these are all distractions from the real issues around immigration,” Raoul said.
“I just think there is only right thing to do and I think a lot of this name calling is just a distraction as the President has done on other issues. It comes almost daily,” she said.
Former talk show host Herold Dasque told the Daily News that if Trump’s comments were accurately reported, “that shows that he’s blatantly a racist.”
“We are on a higher ground than that,” Dasque told the News.
He added that “someone might say the U.S. is a s–thole country, too.”
Mexican President Vicente Fox took aim at Trump on Twitter Thursday.
“.@realDonaldTrump, your mouth is the foulest s–thole in the world. With what authority do you proclaim who’s welcome in America and who’s not. America’s greatness is built on diversity, or have you forgotten your immigrant background, Donald?” he fumed.