Former President Bill Clinton has just officially responded to Trump’s statements referring to Haiti and other African countries as “shit holes” that we needed less immigration from.
“I’ve traveled and worked in Haiti, and across Africa and Central America. The countries the president described with his epithet do not exist.
Some thoughts as we remember those lost in Haiti eight years ago today:
Eight years ago today in Haiti, the earthquake claimed more than 220,000 lives. Today we should remember all those who lost their lives, including some Americans and people from other nations working for the United Nations there. And we should remember those who live with their loss.
I’m remembering the Haitian Minister of Finance who came to work the day after losing his ten-year-old son. And the artist who was displaying his paintings on the street just a few days after he lost his wife and children. They radiated courage and determination, saying that making a new beginning was the best way to honor their loved ones.
Working in Haiti, for the U.N. and as a private citizen, is one of the great honors of my life. I have found the people to be creative, hardworking, brave, and persistent.
They have not often had the government the people deserve, but that does not make them the country the president described. I can say the same about other nations in Central America and Africa swept up in his epithet.
We should do what we can to help them reach their full potential, and we should be grateful for the immense contributions made by immigrants from Haiti—and other nations—to America. They are doctors and nurses, entrepreneurs and elected officials, workers and farmers—they and their homelands deserve our respect and gratitude.
On this day, we remember Haiti. They have come a long way in 8 years, but much work remains and I still believe in the Haitian people.”
Now – that’s what a real president sounds like.