Florida senator wants Rick Scott to denounce Trump's alleged sh*thole countries comment (and he sort of does)

State Sen. Daphne Campell, who was born in Haiti, said the remarks are another sign of Trump's demonization of non-white immigrants.

click to enlarge State Sen. Daphne Campbell (pictured here in 2011, when she was a state representative). - Florida House of Representatives
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State Sen. Daphne Campbell (pictured here in 2011, when she was a state representative).

During his latest meeting with a bipartisan group of members of Congress in the Cabinet Room, President Donald J. Trump allegedly asked why the U.S. would want “all these people from shithole countries” coming to the U.S. Allegedly, it was in reference to people who emigrate from some African nations as well as Haiti and El Salvador. 

CNN's Chris Cillizza called the comments Trump's "new rock bottom."

The Washington Post initially reported on his...remarks, albeit via unnamed sources, in the wake of the meeting Thursday. The president had also (allegedly) asked why the U.S. doesn't instead admit people from countries like Norway (a country whose prime minister he met with Wednesday) instead of countries that are not predominantly white. 

Pretty presidential, huh?

Explains the whole Puerto Rico hurricane "response" in a way, huh?

Well, Florida's diverse constituency isn't impressed.

And shortly after news of these comments broke, Haiti-born State Senator Daphne Campbell (D-North Miami Beach) chose not to dignify Trump's (alleged) comments with a response, per se, but instead called on Trump bro/Florida Governor Rick Scott, to denounce the president's (alleged) comments.

Scott is a likely Republican challenger to U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a popular Democrat, in 2018. As such, Scott appears to be acting like a moderate who loves good environmental policy even if his track record suggests otherwise. But he hasn't exactly backed away from Trump, who won Florida in 2016. Campbell, who called Trump's remarks racist, asked Scott to respond to his ally's comments about a good chunk of Florida's population and their families.

"The President's ongoing war against immigrants appears to be solely directed toward those immigrants of color," she said in an emailed statement. "I am appalled and disgusted that the man who stands as the symbol of a nation once offering refuge and sanctuary to all immigrants is doing his best to say: 'non-whites need not apply.' Governor Scott needs to denounce these remarks immediately on behalf of the people of Florida."

Trump's (alleged) comments come as his administration seeks to end protected status for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and countries in Africa and the Middle East, people who came to the U.S. in search of safety from social strife and politically motivated violence.

"Immigrants are the backbone of this nation, and this state," Campbell continued. "Over the centuries, they have fled famine, political unrest, and tyrants, risking their lives to begin anew in this country. Governor Scott owes every immigrant, and every refugee in this state an obligation to condemn President Trump's loathsome remarks." 

Scott indeed reacted to Trump's alleged remarks with a statement of his own. Per the Tampa Bay Times

If this report is true, it is absolutely wrong to say or think this. I do not think this way, nor do I agree with this kind of sentiment. I represent Florida, and we are an amazing melting pot where over 250 languages are spoken. I work every day to make this the most welcoming state for everyone – Haitians, Cubans, Venezuelans, and others from all around the world that call Florida home. I'm incredibly proud of our diversity.


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