President Trump has found himself defending his words once again after he made disparaging remarks about El Salvador and Haiti, going as far as allegedly calling them “s—hole countries.” The media immediately went into a frenzy, but no one was more visibly moved than CNN host Anderson Cooper who held back tears as he described his experience with Haiti.
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“I want to take a moment to talk about Haiti, one of the places the president of the United States called a ‘s—hole country,’” he said on his show Wednesday night. Cooper explained he wouldn’t be where he is today if it wasn’t for a Haitian immigrant who taught him math when he was a young boy.
Cooper tried to dispel the misconception that Haiti is a third world country by detailing some of his experiences in the country while vacationing there or reporting the news. “Like all countries, Haiti is a collection of people: it’s rich and poor, well-educated and not, good and bad,” he added. “But I’ve never met a Haitian who isn’t strong.”
The CNN host spoke about how the government and police in Haiti turned their backs on their people. He also set the record straight when it comes to Haitian men and women being strong as they fight injustice on a daily basis.
“But let me be clear tonight,” he continued. “The people of Haiti have been through more. They’ve been through more, they’ve withstood more. They’ve fought back against more injustice than our president ever has.”
The 51-year-old host spoke on his time in the region during the various earthquakes that have destroyed the country and dispelled thousands. He began to choke up when he recalled a five-year-old boy fighting to survive buried under rubble for seven days.
“I was there when a 5-year-old boy was rescued after being buried for more than seven days. Do you know what strength it takes to survive on rainwater, buried under concrete? A 5-year-old boy, buried for seven days.”
Cooper also discussed the dignity of the Haitian people.
“Haitians slap your hand hard when they shake it, they don’t blink. They stand tall and they have dignity. It’s a dignity many in this White House could learn from,” he finished. “It’s a dignity the president, with all his money and all his power, could learn from as well.”
Cooper’s remarks come after two sources, who were allegedly in attendance at an immigration meeting in the White House, told the Washington Post President Trump said: “Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?”
The sources also claimed Trump said, “Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out.” Cooper, who was visibly angered by the alleged words of the president, said: “Let’s not kid ourselves, let’s not pretend or dance around it. The sentiment the President expressed today is a racist sentiment.”
President Trump has since refuted these claims on Twitter writing, S***hole countries were “not the language used.”