Rush Statement on Trump's 'shithole' Comment

Jan 12, 2018
Press Release

CHICAGO — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), today released the following statement condemning Trump’s inflammatory and racist immigration comments.

“It is disgusting and infuriating that the President's remarks about immigration from 'shithole countries' like Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries come on the 8th anniversary of the Haitian earthquake in which more than 200,000 people were killed.

“Is the President not aware that immigrants of all races, nationalities, and religions built this country?

“These comments not only highlight his pure ignorance, moral turpitude, and lack of judgment but his racism that has been a fixture of his career, campaign, and presidency. 

“This is the same person who started his career being sued twice by the Department of Justice for racial discrimination because he would not rent apartments to African-Americans.

“This is the same person who launched the racist birther movement against the country’s first African-American president, casting doubt on Barack Obama’s birthplace.

“This is the same person who began his presidential campaign calling Mexican immigrants rapists, murderers, and criminals.

“The President of the United States is racist.

“On the weekend where we should be honoring the spirit and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., who fought for racial equality, we have a President intent on dividing this country. 

“Everyone should condemn the racist remarks made by the President, especially those who were present in the meeting. Their silence is deafening. I commend Senator Dick Durbin for speaking truth to power.

“We cannot continue to let this dangerous President erode this country’s reputation. We must stand up for our nation’s values because it is clear President Trump will not.”