Presidential historian Douglas Brinkley ripped President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE in an article on Saturday, dubbing him the most racist president since Woodrow Wilson following the president’s remarks referring to Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries.”
“What Trump is doing has popped up periodically, but in modern times, no president has been so racially insensitive and shown outright disdain for people who aren’t white,” Brinkley told The Associated Press.
The Washington Post reported on Thursday that Trump referred to Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries” during an Oval Office meeting with a bipartisan group of senators on immigration reform.
The comments were reported one day before the eight-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti and days before Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The president denied making the comments in a tweet on Friday, saying that language was never used.
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!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
Trump has faced backlash for his comments regarding race in the past.
Critics slammed Trump in August after he said both sides were responsible for the racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Va., which was spurred by a white supremacist rally.
The president has also caught heat for his comments and policies on immigration, particularly from Mexico and Muslim-majority countries.