On Friday, Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele said that “the evidence is incontrovertible” that President Trump is a racist following his remarks on Haiti and African countries.
In his appearance on MSNBC’s “Live with Hallie Jackson,” Steele was asked if he thinks Trump is a racist.
He said, “Yeah, I do, at this point … the evidence is controvertible.”
He also said that the president uses race as a tool “to move people emotionally to a space where he wants them to be to get a reaction out of them.”
He continued, “There are a whole lot of folks like Donald Trump. White folks in this country who have a problem with the browning of America. … When they talk about [wanting] their country back, they are talking about a country that was very safely white, less brown and less committed to that browning process.”
Steele has been a frequent critic of Trump, previously saying that the U.S. “no longer has a moral compass” under Trump’s leadership.
Steele’s comments follow a Washington Post report Thursday that in a meeting with bipartisan lawmakers, Trump referred to immigrants from Haiti and African countries as coming from “shithole countries.”
Trump also reportedly said the U.S. should bring in more immigrants from countries like Norway.
The White House did not deny Trump’s “shithole” comments.
Friday morning, however, Trump denied saying “anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country.”
He also said that while he used “tough language” in the meeting with lawmakers, “this was not the language used.”
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who was present in the meeting with Trump, said the president’s denials were “not true” because Trump “said these hate-filled things, and he said them repeatedly.”
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Credit: The Hill