Black U.S. Representative and Democrat Maxine Waters of California was “right on” just minutes ago as she gave a blistering appraisal of President Donald Trump on MSNBC. It was a day after President Trump–gathered together with about eight members of Congress who were all Republican except for Senator Dick Durbin–reportedly and repeatedly called Haiti and African nations “shithole countries” in the closed-door session held to discuss DACA. Joy Reid was interviewing Ms. Waters.
I agreed with what Representative Waters said about President Trump both just now. Ms. Waters has appeared on her program before. On September 24th last year with Joy Reid, Maxine Waters said President Trump was a “disgrace” to the U.S. and “deplorable.” Today, she said she did not attend Trump’s presidential inauguration last year and that she would not be attending his upcoming State of the Union address. She said, “Why would I go and take my time to listen to a liar, to someone who lied in the face of facts, to someone who can change their tune day in and day out…. I don’t trust him. I don’t appreciate him…. He does not deserve my attention.”
Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois was interviewed on television this morning about Mr. Trump’s remarks about “shithole countries.” He said of the president, “In the course of his comments, [he] said things which were hate-filled, vile, and racist. You’ve seen the comments in the press. I have not read one of them that’s inaccurate. To no surprise, the president started tweeting this morning that he denied using those words. It is not true. He said those hate-filled things, and he said them repeatedly.” The Washington Post reported that the president said, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” referring to Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries.
Senator Lindsey Graham–who last year had vilified President Trump, but lately has been supporting him–vouched for Durbin’s remarks, claiming that the media had been reporting correctly. But Graham was the only Republican in attendance who admitted that Durbin reported correctly. Two of the Republican members said they did not recall Trump making such derogatory comments.
Mr. Trump is becoming an increasing embarrassment to his nation. His words demonstrate that he is a racist, as I have been saying repeatedly on this blog. Evangelical Christians should be ashamed of themselves for supporting this president and defending such behavior. Their support of Donald Trump is not only hurting this country, both internally and abroad, it is hurting Evangelicalism as well.