BOSTON - Boston’s Haitian-American senator says she is tired of having to respond to President Donald Trump’s remarks, but expressed Friday how demoralizing his latest controversial comments were.
Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, who represents Suffolk County, issued a statement Friday in response to Trump’s vulgar remarks about immigrants Thursday.
In bluntly vulgar language, President Trump questioned why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and “s--thole countries” in Africa rather than places like Norway, as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to people briefed on the extraordinary Oval Office conversation.
“I have received inquiries asking for my reaction to the president’s latest racist slur directed against Haitians and people of African descent worldwide,” Sen. Forry said in a statement. “I am really getting tired of having to do this. I have to express first how demoralizing and upsetting it is to have to register my outrage about hateful remarks made by my own president. And then to have to do it again. And again.”
Trump’s contemptuous description of an entire continent startled lawmakers in the meeting and immediately revived charges that the president is racist.
Sen. Forry called the president’s words “ignorant and repulsive and an affront to decency and to history.”
She told Boston 25 News Friday she can no longer simply be outraged, but it’s time to stand up against hateful comments.
The White House did not deny his remark but issued a statement saying Trump supports immigration policies that welcome “those who can contribute to our society.”
“I’m very disappointed in us, the people of the United States, who saw fit to elect an ignorant, mean-spirited, white supremacist to the most powerful office in the world” Forry said.
She expressed sadness over the anniversary of the earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010 and offered her sympathies to those who have suffered since.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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