Anderson Cooper just delivered a passionate defense of the people of Haiti in response to President Trump’s recent comment that the nation was one of a number of “shithole countries.”
Cooper referenced his experiences with the Haitian people when he was covering the 2010 earthquake, which killed hundreds of thousands of Haitians and displaced at least a million more.
The full video of Cooper’s comments can be viewed here:
“The people of Haiti dug through rubble with their bare and bloody hands to save complete strangers, guided only by the cries of the wounded and the dying,” Cooper said.
“I was there when a young girl named Bee was trapped in rubble for nearly a day was rescued by people who had no heavy equipment. They just had their God-given strength and determination and their courage.
“I was there when –” Cooper paused, his voice cracking. “When a 5 year-old boy named Mongli was rescued after being buried for more than seven days. Do you know what kind of strength it takes to survive on rain water, buried under concrete? A 5 year-old boy, buried for seven days.
“Haitians slap your hand hard when they shake it. They stand tall and they have a dignity. It’s a dignity many in this White House could learn from. It’s a dignity the president with all his money and all his power could learn from as well. On the anniversary of the earthquake, on this day when this president has said what he’s said about Haitians, we hope the people in Haiti who are listening tonight, in Port-au-Prince and Jacmel, in Miami, and elsewhere we hope they know our thoughts are with them.”
The Trump administration has also moved to end Temporary Protected Status for Haitians who immigrated to the United States after the earthquake destroyed their homes, potentially sending tens of thousands of Haitians out of the country by July 2019.