Americans with roots in Haiti, El Salvador and African nations took to the internet to declare their pride in the face of reports that President Donald Trump referred to them as “shithole countries” in a White House meeting about immigration.
While Trump has denied that he used the vulgar language, many Americans who immigrated from those countries or who have parents or grandparents from them shared their personal achievements and pride in their heritage.
The comment reportedly came in a White House meeting discussing alternative ways to allow residents of those countries who have lost temporary protected status under the Trump Administration to stay in the country.
The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
Here’s how people on the internet responded:
I am an engineer,
have a Masters in Computer Science,
published author- analytics,
and hold a patent analyzing cancer data.
I am a proud civil servant overseeing large projects.
I speak five languages,
self-published three books of poetry.
I am from a #ShitHole country!
— Keith Bonsept ليث (@KBonsept) January 12, 2018
My late grandma fled the Nazis, survived a Soviet gulag, and walked to a refugee camp in Iran before raising a nurse, an engineer, and a PhD in MI. @realDonaldTrump, you would not let her into the country today, but she would have welcomed even your #shithole soul into her home.
— Charles Greenwood (@charlesthegreen) January 12, 2018