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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Cedric Richmond: Trump's 'shithole' remark 'proof that his Make America Great Again agenda is really a Make America White Again agenda'

Posted By on Thu, Jan 11, 2018 at 6:45 PM

click to enlarge U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond.
  • U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond.

After multiple news outlets reported President Donald Trump referred to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as "shithole countries" in a meeting about immigration reform — and the White House did not deny it — Democratic and some Republican lawmakers were quick to condemn the statement.

But it was Louisiana's sole Democratic Congressional representative, U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, who produced one of the strongest replies to Trump, in his role as the head of the Congressional Black Caucus, saying "his Make America Great Again agenda is really a Make America White Again agenda":


Richmond later issued a complete statement:

"President Trump's comments are yet another confirmation of his racially insensitive and ignorant views. It also reinforces the concerns that we hear every day, that the President's slogan Make America Great Again is really code for Make America White Again.

"All of the reservations we have had about negotiating with him on immigration are well-founded. President Trump is clearly more concerned with ending the future flow of immigrants from Africa and the African diaspora than providing relief to Dreamers who came here through no fault of their own. Unfortunately, there is no reason to believe that we can negotiate in good faith with a person who holds such vile and reprehensible beliefs.

"Months ago, President Trump committed to sign the Dream Act into law if it included enhanced border security measures. Sadly, the President has injected his racist policies into these negotiations, mainly his unreasonable demands to completely end the Diversity Visa Program. This program greatly benefits immigrants from African countries and provides an opportunity for them to achieve the American Dream. Now that his true motivations are clear, the Congressional Black Caucus calls on all Members of Congress, including those negotiating on the immigration deal, to reject any and all efforts to end the Diversity Visa Program."
So far no other members of Louisiana's Congressional delegation have responded formally.

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