CNN’s Anderson Cooper held back tears Thursday night as he described his emotional connection to the country of Haiti in response to President Donald Trump’s reported characterization of the country as a “shithole.”
“Let me be clear…. the people of Haiti have been through more, withstood more, fought back against more injustice… than our President ever has” Anderson Cooper choked back tears as he reflected on his relationship with Haiti, and its people https://t.co/3arEalkKOM
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) January 12, 2018
Trump reportedly referred to Haiti and a group of African nations as “shithole countries” during a meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers, who gathered at the White House to discuss the fate of immigrants affected by the roll back of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The comments, first reported by The Washington Post, sparked widespread condemnation among Democratic lawmakers and pundits, eager to cast the description as racist.
Cooper’s voice wavered as he countered Trump’s narrative by recounting the strength and resilience he saw on display in Haiti while reporting on the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in 2010.
“I’ve never met a Haitian that isn’t strong. You have to be to survive in a place here the government has often abandoned its people, where opportunities are few and where mother nature has punished the people far more than anybody should ever be punished,” Cooper said.
“But let me be clear tonight, the people of Haiti have been through more, they’ve been through more and they’ve withstood more. They fought back against more injustice than our president ever has,” Cooper said as a chyron reading “Hearts with Haiti” filled the screen.
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