Following the report that President Donald Trump described Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as “shithole countries” while questioning the need to offer protections for immigrants from those areas, the president faced an avalanche of criticism. One of those critics was Rep. Mia Love (R-UT), who is Haitian-American. Following Trump’s remarks going public, Love called on POTUS to apologize and said his words were “unkind” and “divisive.”
During an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, the Utah Republican acknowledged that the president’s comments were racist. She also told host Jake Tapper that it is hard for her to set her emotions aside over Trump’s remarks but she’s determined to do everything she can to be part of the solution when it comes to immigration.
In response to a question about what she’d tell another Haitian-American who complained that the president’s racist, Love noted that her parents taught her “not to be a victim.”
“We have to be respectful, we are responsible for who we are and how we behave,” she added. “And when history looks back at us, they’ll judge us for whether we’re able to rise to the occasion and rise above the negativity or whether we wallowed in it and allowed it to take us down. That’s what I would say.”
When asked specifically if she believed that the president’s comments were racist, the Republican congresswoman agreed that they were.
“Um, well, I think they were — yes,” she answered Tapper. “I think that they were unfortunate. I don’t know if they were taken — I wasn’t in the room. I know the comments were made. I don’t know which context they were made.”
Love continued, “I’m looking forward to finding out what happened, but more importantly, I’m looking forward to trying to fix the problem. I think we need to — we have to hold ourselves to a higher standard.”
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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