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Colorado Democrats denounce Trump’s “shithole” comments while honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. with a resolution – The Denver Post

Colorado Democratic lawmakers — against the backdrop of a statehouse resolution honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. — denounced President Donald Trump on Friday for reportedly referring to Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries,” saying such comments run counter to everything the civil rights icon stood for.

During a meeting with congressional lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office, according to news reports, the Republican president questioned why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and Africa than from places like Norway. On Friday he denied having used the derogatory language.

But on Friday, Colorado Democrats pointed to Trump’s reported comments as the latest in a long line of racially tinged events since Trump took office, none more alarming than the white supremacist rally last year in Charlottesville.

“Has Martin Luther King’s message of love, unity — has that died?” said Rep. Jovan Melton, an Aurora Democrat who was briefly reprimanded by House Speaker Crisanta Duran for repeating Trump’s reported profanity.

“I’m sorry for using that word — I’m quoting the current leader of the free world,” he replied.

In the Senate, where the resolution started, Sen. Lois Court, D-Denver, said she was shaking as she took the podium. She didn’t intend to respond to Trump, but her daughter-in-law’s family is from Haiti and “this is personal now.”

“My daughter-in-law is not from a S-hole country and she deserves the same respect as everybody else,” Court said.

Several Republicans spoke in favor of the resolution honoring King, which passed unanimously in both chambers, but did not directly reference Trump’s remarks.

Rep. Jim Wilson, though, chafed at some Democratic comments that he felt targeted Republicans. For instance, Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, called out unnamed “senators and representatives” for using the word “illegals” to refer to undocumented immigrants, a term that he said dehumanized people.

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