Sprawling beaches with white sand and tropical vegetation. Mountain ranges basked in sunlight creeping through the clouds. Green fields pocked by flourishing trees.
These are just some of the images people from around the world shared on Twitter this week, in response to President Trump’s comments during a meeting in the Oval Office Thursday in which he called places like Haiti, El Salvador, and certain African nations “shithole countries.”
Trump’s remarks — he denied using the epithet in a tweet Friday morning but admitted to the use of “tough” language — came as lawmakers floated the prospect of restoring protections for immigrants from certain regions, the Washington Post reported.
As reports of Trump’s rhetoric continued to shock the world, people from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to El Salvador, to Africa and beyond came out in full force on social media to show Trump that their place of birth — or perhaps a place they had recently visited — is far from being a “shithole.”
#Shitholedonald I like my #shithole #Haiti. Btw when America was a #Shithole we #Haitians fought along side many Americans to make the US a free Colony. Here's our #Shithole island today: pic.twitter.com/rfZmIn47ru— Dave (@islander_87) January 12, 2018
I visited the Citadel in the shithole Haiti bout 3 years ago.. One of the wonders of the world! A fort that?s on top of one of the largest mountains of the world! Believe me the reason why the ?shithole? country my parents are from is at the state that it is was not by choice! pic.twitter.com/1fFEhlUBlx— Snoop Zoe 305 (@snoop_zoe305) January 12, 2018
And I am proud to enjoy all that my #Shithole Kenya offers.Come enjoy some game drive and amazing hospitality from Kenyan people.@MagicalKenya @tunajibu @Min_TourismKE @mohammedhersi pic.twitter.com/eqDKProNcr— Samuel Nguyo (@skandanda) January 12, 2018
Mister President of the United States and all of your supporters, this is what my #ShitHole country #ElSalvador looks like! No country is perfect but that doesn?t give you the power to talk that way!! pic.twitter.com/UjLub3YJ5s— NoMeCalloSV (@nomecallosv) January 12, 2018
My family just spent two weeks with loved ones in #ElSalvador. We attended a wedding, learned about the U.S. role in the 1980-1992 civil war, enjoyed amazing natural sites and got a warm welcome everywhere we went. Yesterday the president reportedly called it a #shithole. pic.twitter.com/exKSYLMwWH— Chip Mitchell (@ChipMitchell1) January 12, 2018