"Let me be clear.... the people of Haiti have been through more, withstood more, fought back against more injustice... than our President ever has" Anderson Cooper choked back tears as he reflected on his relationship with Haiti, and its people https://t.co/3arEalkKOM— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) January 12, 2018
The following day, Trump claimed on Twitter that he hadn’t used those specific words, but Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) ― who was in the room at the time ― swiftly contradicted him, saying that the president had in fact “said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly.”
Cooper spoke of learning math from a Haitian immigrant and then visiting the country as a journalist to cover the devastating 2010 earthquake.
“Haitians slap your hand hard when they shake it, they look you in the eye. They don’t blink,” Cooper said, adding:
“They stand tall and they have dignity. It’s a dignity that 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.”
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Earlier in the show, Cooper also addressed the president’s reported remark, calling it “a racist sentiment”:
The article has been updated to include that Trump has denied having used that specific language, and Durbin’s assertion that he did.