State Senator Jacqueline Collins issued the following statement today in response to reported remarks by President Donald Trump.

“As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and on the anniversary of the 2010 Haitian earthquake that killed nearly 230,000 people, I am deeply offended by President Trump’s vile and vulgar language referencing countries in Africa, Central America and the Caribbean as ‘shithole countries.’

“His remarks clearly displayed the danger of ignorance and power. In the words of James Baldwin, ‘It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.’

“Former First Lady Michele Obama once said, ‘Being President doesn’t change who you are; it reveals who you are.’ President Trump’s racist rant reveals who he is.

“As a citizen of Chicago – a city founded by a Haitian, Jean Baptiste DuSable, I believe every decent minded person concerned about the values and vision of this country should be troubled by the temperament, tone and tin ear of this thin-skinned president.

“What do countries in Africa, Central America and the Caribbean have in common? They are God’s children who have been blessed and kissed by the sun. Let us not forget the words inscribed on Lady Liberty – a gift from the French in recognition of the United States abolition of slavery, ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…’”

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