US Jewish groups slam Trump's 'shithole' comment as 'shameful'
Brendan Smialowski (AFP)
A number of Jewish American groups join the chorus of global rebuke condemning US President Donald Trump’s controversial remarks about immigrants from “shithole” countries, calling his words “shameful”, reported Haaretz on Saturday.
“These shameful and profoundly offensive statements are beneath the dignity of the office,” The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) tweeted on Friday.
J Street declared that "we said it nearly three years ago and we'll keep saying it: Trump is unfit to lead this great, diverse nation of immigrants from every walk of life."
These shameful and profoundly offensive statements are beneath the dignity of the office. https://t.co/0luGmOBCQw— ADL (@ADL_National) January 11, 2018
During a meeting with lawmakers discussing immigration reform and the visa lottery program on Thursday, Trump reportedly used incendiary language to describe immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and a host of African countries.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” he asked, suggesting that the US would benefit more from Norwegian immigrants following a meeting with the countries prime minister on Wednesday.
Drawing charges of racism, Trump has vociferously denied the comments made stating that “this was not the language used but admitting that the language he used was “tough." However, democratic senator Dick Durbin who attended the meeting reaffirmed that the reports were in fact accurate.
Chair of the Jewish Democratic Council Ron Klein criticized the “ugly and racist language” used by Trump adding, "but one more instance in a long record of seemingly racist and anti-Semitic statements that have come out of this president and this administration."
Whilst Rabbi Jonah Pesner of the Reform Movement's Religious Action Center wrote that Trump's vulgarity "is deeply offensive.”
"People have a fundamental dignity. True, we can’t accept everyone – but all deserve the chance to try, pursue the American dream and contribute their talents to our nation of immigrants,” The American Jewish Committee added.
.@SenatorDurbin confirms @POTUS said U.S. shouldn’t take migrants from “s***hole countries” – remarks beneath the dignity of the Oval Office and disruptive of urgent efforts to protect #Dreamers & TPS-holders, and advance bipartisan immigration reform.— AJC (@AJCGlobal) January 12, 2018
African countries expressed their outrage on Friday in response to Trump’s comments, with the 55-nation African Union publicly condemning the presidents racism and ignorance.
"This is even more hurtful given the historical reality of just how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, and also terribly surprising as the United States remains a massively positive example as just how migration can give birth to a nation," Ebba Kalondo said, spokeswoman for AU chief Moussa Faki.
President Salvador Sanchez of El Savador said he, "formally protests and energetically rejects this kind of comment," and the former Haitian president Laurent Lamothe said the President showed “a lack of respect and ignorance," according to The Guardian.
Such vulgar language & sentiment are inappropriate. @POTUS should withdraw the statement and apologize - Rabbis Hier & Cooper in response to @POTUS reported stmnt wanting more immigrants from places like Norway rather than from “shithole counties” like Haiti and those in Africa.— SimonWiesenthalCntr (@simonwiesenthal) January 11, 2018
“Such vulgar language and sentiment are inappropriate,” Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, the dean and associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) a Jewish human rights organization, said. “President Trump should withdraw the statement and apologize.”
This is not the first time Trump has rubbed Africans up the wrong way -- he was widely derided last year after he twice referred to Namibia as "Nambia".
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Forget getting an apology from him he is in denial mode. He said it and he meant it. I am a proud African and would rather be here than in America regardless of our problems. Not even interested in visiting there while he is president. He is such a liar when caught out and to self absorbed to watch his tongue. Everyone knows him as a liar and does nothing. He is the laughing stock of the world and the dumbest president in the history of the United States.
Cotton nullifies Durbin spin.