Cooper also didn’t shy away from calling the president’s remarks “racist”
Though Trump’s most recent racist remarks — where he referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries as “shithole countries” — are hardly surprising, they’re still infuriating. CNN’s Anderson Cooper choked back tears while delivering powerful commentary on the people of Haiti, whom he has come to know well through visiting the country several times over the years.
“Let me be clear tonight,” Cooper said. “The people of Haiti have been through more — they’ve been through more, they’ve withstood more, they fought back against more injustice than our president ever has.”
"Let me be clear tonight. The people of Haiti have been through more… withstood more — they've fought back against more injustice than our President ever has." Anderson Cooper choked back tears as he reflected on the devastating quake nearly 8 years ago https://t.co/Yuh5xe3P8Q
— CNN (@CNN) January 12, 2018
Cooper spoke about visiting the country as a journalist in the immediate aftermath of the devastating earthquake of 2010, which resulted in roughly 230,000 Haitians losing their lives. While there, he witnessed a five-year-old boy named Monley get rescued from the rubble after being trapped underneath the rubble for more than seven days. SEVEN DAYS.
“Do you know what strength it takes to survive on rainwater buried under concrete — a 5-year-old boy buried for seven days?” Cooper’s emotion was palpable as he opened up about his love and respect for people who live in a country our president called a “shithole.”
“Haitians slap your hand hard when they shake it,” Cooper continued. “They look you in the eye, they don’t blink, they stand tall, they have 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.”
Well, damn. Isn’t that the truth?
"Not racial. Not racially charged. Racist. … The sentiment the President expressed today is a racist sentiment." Anderson Cooper reacts to Trump's "shithole countries" remark https://t.co/d29zymhvqy https://t.co/CnCS0plgVL
— CNN (@CNN) January 12, 2018
Cooper also wasn’t afraid to refer to the president’s disparaging remarks as “racist.” He made it clear they’re “not racial, not racially charged. Racist.”
Since we can’t expect more from the president when it comes to matters of, well, just about anything, but the matter of race in particular — we have to expect more from members of the media. People on Twitter came forth to share their wishes for more journalists, news stations, and newspapers to follow Cooper’s lead and not shy away from calling the president what he is: a racist.
Well done Anderson Cooper. No dancing around it. https://t.co/lnSze08vqe
— Neil McMahon (@NeilMcMahon) January 12, 2018
Listen to me.
Don’t call this controversial or crass.
Call it racist. It’s racist.
He then said he preferred immigrants from Norway. https://t.co/VDCuQ0xO8b
— Shaun King (@shaunking) January 11, 2018
Countries don’t immigrate, people do. The quality of a person isn’t determined by their surroundings. The point is that he complained that we are getting black and brown immigrants, not white ones. That makes him a racist, and that’s a bad thing to be. Call it like it is. https://t.co/CD0811ISe4
— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) January 12, 2018
If what he said was racist, call it racist. Sometimes the correct, accurate thing is offensive. I get the desire to couch things with “allegedly” and “seems like”—sometimes you should! This isn’t one of them.
— Olivia Messer 💀 (@OliviaMesser) January 11, 2018
After Cooper finished dropping the truth and hitting us with an emotional gut-punch, he ended his segment with a poignant message to the people of Haiti.
“On the anniversary of the earthquake, on this day when this president has said what he has about Haitians, we hope the people in Haiti who are listening tonight in Port au Prince, Jacmel, Miami and elsewhere — we hope they know that our thoughts are with them, and our love is with them.”