“I would not pick those terms, but I would say that the conditions in Haiti are deplorable, they are disgusting,” Gaetz told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. “I mean, everywhere you look in Haiti, it’s sheet metal and garbage when I was there.”
Earlier in the conversation, Hayes tried to engage Gaetz by asking how he’d feel if someone used Trump’s reported language to describe Florida.
“If I called ― and you’ll forgive me for using the language of the president ― but if I called Okaloosa County a shithole, you’d understandably be upset with that, right?” Hayes asked.
Gaetz, whose district includes much of Okaloosa County, replied:
“Yes; I could also prove you wrong, because I could bring you to Okaloosa County and show you that it’s the home of the most beautiful beaches in America. I don’t know that in Haiti they can make the same claim.”
We are all sons and daughters of immigrants https://t.co/VFX8xOVk7A
I am mortified that our brothers and sisters in Haiti & Africa have hear the blathering of the idiotic 🇺🇸 President.
UM #NeverForget 💩🕳 https://t.co/wN5i2M0z6q
Tonight at 11/10c, as someone from South Shithole, Trevor is deeply offended by the president’s remarks. https://t.co/4dTaMapmSG
TONIGHT: You better believe if the President is speaking his mind about certain [redacted] countries, Stephen's spe… https://t.co/itUAoOb79V
From tonight’s #LNSM: @SethMeyers responds to Trump’s remarks on “s**thole countries.” https://t.co/gUjCosn7Fn
I’m just gonna start calling him president Shithole.
Our nation was founded by immigrants, built by immigrants, made great by immigrants. They came war torn, oppressed… https://t.co/ELhZsJ6ytX
You are a racist liar. https://t.co/tUMmLqLDm4
Countries don’t immigrate, people do. The quality of a person isn’t determined by their surroundings. The point is… https://t.co/Zz5i2p2mRo
If they aren’t shithole countries, why don’t their citizens stay there? Let’s be honest. Call it like it is.
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What do the people in 56 different African nations and in Haiti have in common? They are all black. Trump has not d… https://t.co/xGSuFOxcae
How is he allowed to talk to us this way?!! Are there no more moral and ethical codes left in America since he took… https://t.co/yXIArgqmca
The United States is supposed to take people from shithole countries. That’s the whole point, you dotard.
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Another protester wanted to remind Trump that Haitian immigrants contribute to America.
“The president does not understand us,” Jean Bruny, a Haitian pastor in West Palm Beach, told the Palm Beach Post on Monday. “We are not coming here to do any bad thing, we are coming here for a better life and to help our family in Haiti. We pay taxes, we buy houses, we contribute to the United States.”