House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., suggested Tuesday that President Trump is a racist because he uses “racist rhetoric” and pursues racist policies.
Trump came under fire from Democrats and Republicans for comments multiple senators have said he made about Haiti, El Salvador and African nations in a meeting on immigration. When discussing immigrants from those nations, Trump called them “shithole countries." Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, who was present at the meeting, confirmed the Washington Post report, and Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott have corroborated that account.
“The president’s comments last week were, I think, certainly racist,” Hoyer said.
Hoyer wouldn’t outright call Trump a racist when pressed, instead suggesting that the president qualifies as one.
“I think the president articulates racist language and pursues racist policies based upon race,” Hoyer said. “I think that’s a definition of a racist.”
When asked again, Hoyer said, “if what you do is racist, you certainly qualify for being a racist.”
Hoyer didn’t say if he would support censuring the president.