‘Every day, he sinks lower’: Mass. lawmakers blast Trump’s vulgar comment on immigration

“America's president is a racist and this is the proof."

Boston, Massachusetts -- 3/30/2015-- Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey (R) listen to remarks during a formal ceremony to dedicate the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston, Massachusetts March 30, 2015. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff
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Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey. –Jessica Rinaldi / The Boston Globe

Massachusetts politicians are strongly condemning the vulgar comments made by President Donald Trump Thursday during a meeting on immigration in which the president allegedly questioned why the U.S. should accept more immigrants from Haiti and “shithole countries” in Africa.

“America’s president is a racist and this is the proof,” Rep. Jim McGovern said on Twitter. “His hateful rhetoric has no place in the @WhiteHouse.”

The Democrat called on the GOP to condemn Trump’s remarks.  

Condemning the president’s comments as “racist, vile, and disgusting,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren highlighted the story of a Haitian immigrant who moved to the Boston area after surviving the deadly earthquake in his country eight years ago.

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The character of this nation is not the character of its president,” the senator said. “It is the character of its people.”

Rep. Michael Capuano said it was “disgraceful” that the president went on a “racist rant in the White House” days before the national celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.

“Some say Trump tells the truth because he speaks ‘what’s in his heart,'” the Democrat wrote. “If this is what is in his heart he is not fit to be President. Last night’s offensive comments, uttered in the Oval Office no less, show him in a bright and ugly light.”

Rep. Katherine Clark called Trump “an utter embarrassment to our country,” while her colleague, Rep. Joe Kennedy, quoted Holocaust survivor and Nobel-Prize winning writer Elie Wiesel.

Sen. Ed Markey called for politicians on both sides of the aisle to denounce the president’s “words of hate.”

Reps. Stephen Lynch and Bill Keating called for Trump to apologize for his “disparaging” and “disgraceful” comments.

State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, a first-generation Haitian American who represents Boston, called Trump’s words, “ignorant and repulsive and an affront to decency and to history.”

She emphasized in her statement how “demoralizing and upsetting” it is to have to state her outrage about the president’s remarks over and over.

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“Like many, I would like to believe that Trump represents the last gasp of a racist worldview that has been in retreat, here in America, since the fall of Jim Crow,” she said. “Sadly, his views and his presidency serve to embolden other hateful people and to diminish our nation’s position as a power for good, for decency, for democracy. Those who enable and normalize his behavior are every bit as culpable as the president himself.”

Gov. Charlie Baker also weighed in, telling reporters Friday the president’s comments were “appalling and disgraceful.”

“Those comments are appalling and disgraceful and have no place — anywhere — in public or private discourse, period.” the Republican governor said. “Period. And he owes an apology to all the people who he broad-brushed with those statements.”

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