Butler says alleged remarks show the President's "own racism and xenophobia"
Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler has criticised President Trump for recent comments in which he allegedly referred to a number of Central American and African nations as “shithole countries”.
Reports recently claimed that Trump asked during a recent meeting: “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” He then reportedly added: “Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out.”
Butler took to Twitter to hit back at Trump in response to his comments, saying that the alleged remarks show the President’s “own racism and xenophobia”.
“Trumps comments about Haiti, reflect nothing on the amazing country, and only on his own racism and xenophobia,” Butler wrote. “Haiti is one of the most special and amazing places I’ve been on this earth, and we need more Haitian-Americans.” See his tweet beneath.
Arcade Fire have a strong connection with Haiti. Their 2013 album ‘Reflektor’ was influenced by Haitian rara music and Butler’s bandmate and wife, Régine Chassagne, is a co-founder of a foundation that funds schemes in Haiti.
Trump has since denied that he made the comments, tweeting: “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used.”
He added: “Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said ‘take them out.’ Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!”
However, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who attended the meeting, accused Trump of uttering “things which were hate-filled, vile and racist” and that “he said them repeatedly”.