State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, a first-generation Haitian-American, called President Trump’s vulgar slur to Haiti and other countries on Thursday “an affront to decency and to history,” adding that the president “represents the last gasp of a racist worldview.”
Forry, the first woman and person of color to represent her district in the state legislature, wrote in a statement posted online that she was tired of having to react to the president’s hateful comments.
“I am really getting tired of having to do this,” she wrote. “I have to express first how demoralizing and upsetting it is to have to register my outrage about hateful remarks made by my own president. And then to have to do it again. And again.”
Trump’s views have served to “embolden other hateful people,” Forry wrote, calling upon all Americans to denounce his statements. She said anyone who normalizes his behavior is “every bit as culpable as the president himself.”
“I’m very disappointed in us, the people of the United States, who saw fit to elect an ignorant, mean-spirited, white supremacist to the most powerful office in the world,” she wrote. “This is a very sad time for our country. I ask that the people of Haiti and the African diaspora worldwide keep us in their prayers.”
Forry also recognized the eighth anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, which killed hundreds of thousands of people on Jan. 12, 2010. She sent her condolences to the families of the victims who are thinking of the loved ones they lost.
“Haiti is still working hard to recover and to grieve,” she wrote.