In a series of tweets Friday, Trump said he used "tough" language but that he "never said anything derogatory" about Haitians. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!" the president tweeted.
Several local leaders spoke on the president's vulgar remarks Friday morning before the Chicago's 32nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Interfaith Breakfast, including Durbin.
Trump didn't answer the question or a follow-up - "Mr. President, will you respond to these serious questions about your statement, sir?"- and left the room. "I'm sorry, but there's no other word one can use but racist". They don't blink. They stand tall and they have dignity. I reject them and condemn them vigorously. The exact word used by the president. It is not true.
US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said: "The first thing that came to mind was very unfortunate and unhelpful".
Haitians were granted Temporary Protected Status following the 2010 quake, which seven years ago today killed 300,000 Haitians and left thousands of others displaced. "The largest group's El Salvadoran, the second is Honduran and the third is Haitian". I asked him about it a number of times and he denied it but kept up the racist rhetoric and behavior throughout the campaign and now that he's in the White House.
That's when Durbin says the President interrupted.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday denied a derogatory comment that he is alleged to have made against some Central American and African countries that triggered an global outrage for its racist undertones. They look you in the eye.
Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-IL), who attended the meeting said Trump's denial is a lie.
The NAACP president predicted Trump's remarks will help motivate African-American voters in the 2018 midterm elections, saying the comments are "the language of the '50s and '60s, it is the language of a Ross Barnett and a George Wallace".
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