“The president of the United States is racist.” Yes, Don Lemon went there last night with that line as the opening statement of his show, CNN Tonight, and boy, did he cause a storm.
Now, Lemon’s controversial declaration did not come unwarranted; it came after the Washington Post reported Donald Trump called several countries, including Haiti and Nigeria, “sh****le” countries. In an Oval Office meeting about a bipartisan immigration on Thursday, the president allegedly grew frustrated with lawmakers when discussing immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries. “Why are we having all these people from sh****le countries come here,” Trump reportedly said. The president then allegedly suggested the United States could instead have immigrants from other countries, such as Norway.
Lemon then gave his opinions on the meeting and the alleged use of the word. The internet blew up with varying responses to the CNN host calling the president racist. To Trump supporters, Lemon had no right to make assumptions about the president; to the Trump haters, Lemon is a hero.
"Trump Is a Racist" is trending.
Please don’t tell @realDonaldTrump that "Trump Is a Racist" is trending.
— Eric Wolfson (@EricWolfson) January 12, 2018
Don Lemon doesn't speak for the majority of America, he speaks for CNN viewers and possibly DNC Voters.
— Wayne Dupree (@WayneDupreeShow) January 12, 2018
— MeltLikeButta (@jwbutta) January 12, 2018
The people tweeting #TrumpIsRacist have been doing this for about 3 years now.
Nobody is falling for your BS.
Trump is not a racist, and you all only started calling him that once he joined the Republican Party.
— The Columbia Bugle (@ColumbiaBugle) January 12, 2018
Celebrities also weighed in giving their outspoken opinions on Trump’s alleged comments. Unsurprisingly, they were not in support, many even backed up Lemon’s declaration.
The president is a racist. He has been for his entire public life. If you vote(d) for him, you do so because of that or despite that. We need a multi-racial anti-racist coalition to defeat him and try to heal our nation.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) January 12, 2018
Just devastating that the President of the United States referred to African countries and Haiti as “shithole countries”. What now?? How do we get rid of this #shitholePresident https://t.co/lZ8m0x2qfH
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) January 11, 2018
The anniversary of the devastating earthquake 8 years ago is a day to remember the tragedy, honor the resilient people of Haiti, & affirm America’s commitment to helping our neighbors. Instead, we‘re subjected to Trump’s ignorant, racist views of anyone who doesn’t look like him.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 12, 2018
And as you can imagine, late night talk show hosts had a field day with the news.
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) January 12, 2018
Here's my Thursday night monologue! https://t.co/LKtMVAJM50
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) January 12, 2018
— Late Night with Seth Meyers (@LateNightSeth) January 12, 2018
Trump has since denied making those comments via Twitter. “Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said ‘take them out.” Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust.”
However, Democratic Whip and Illinois senator, Dick Durbin, was in the room during the meeting and confirmed the report. In a press conference this morning, Sen. Durbin said the president, “said things which were hurtful, vile, and racist. You’ve seen the comments in the press. I’ve not read one of them that was inaccurate.”
Well, you know where the internet stands. How do you feel about the comments and the responses?
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