UN says Trump slur on ‘s…hole’ countries is ‘racist’

By AFP

US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on prison reform in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, yesterday. (Photo: AFP)

(AFP) – The United Nations on Friday slammed US President Donald Trump’s reported description of African nations and Haiti as “s…hole” countries as “shocking and shameful”, and “racist”.

“If confirmed, these are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States. Sorry, but there is no other word one can use but ‘racist’,” Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN human rights office, told reporters in Geneva.

He was referring to comments reportedly made by Trump during a meeting Thursday with lawmakers about immigration reform, demanding to know why the United States should accept citizens from “s…hole” countries.

The comments, first reported by The Washington Post, sparked anger among Democrats and Republicans and revived questions about Trump’s tendency to make racially charged remarks.

“You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as ‘s…holes’ whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome,” Colville said.

He also took issue with Trumps reported suggestion that the United States should welcome immigrants from places like Norway, whose population is overwhelmingly white, instead of from African countries and Haiti.

“The positive comment on Norway makes the underlying sentiment very clear,” Colville said.

“Like the earlier comments made vilifying Mexicans and Muslims, the policy proposals targeting entire groups on grounds of nationality or religion, and the reluctance to clearly condemn the anti-Semitic and racist actions of the white supremacists in Charlottesville — all of these go against the universal values the world has been striving so hard to establish since World War II and the Holocaust,” he said.

“This is not just a story about vulgar language. It’s about opening the door wider to humanity’s worst side, about validating and encouraging racism and xenophobia that will potentially disrupt and destroy the lives of many people.

“This is perhaps the single most damaging and dangerous consequence of this type of comment by a major political figure,” he added.

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One comment

  1. We in Saint Lucia MUST LEARN FROM RECENT HISTORY this much about politics. We must all get a higher level of education that what our governments around the world expect us to have.

    Here locally we elected 'people like us' to government. Most times they knew precious little more than us. Yet, because they told us what we happy to hear, we voted for them. They took the jobs and salaries and laughed at us all the way to the bank and golden pension checks. Our conditions did not change.

    We then voted for people with degrees. Oui mamma. New day. SOS. The same ole $#!% happened. They travelled. They made nice speeches. They spoke in patios. They danced. They jogged. The country moved backwards and deeper into corruption.

    Overseas, the people say 'elect businessmen'. Big pappyshow. Corruption. Corruption. Corruption.

    Understanding politics means understanding what those who you vote for, intend to do when they get power. Get behind the words. History is a good teacher.

    If people were much smarter, so many people would not go to the polling stations to vote for known slick racists and criminals.

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