Anderson Cooper is not here for the slander of Haitians. Not only has he attested to being tutored and inspired by a former Haitian classmate, Anderson Cooper has also expressed a love for the country after visiting on a number of occasions for both work and vacation.
Recently, several witnesses from a White House board meeting on Immigration policies came forward to say that president Donald Trump referred to Haiti and another nations as “S**thole countries.”
Well, the veteran journalist wasn’t here for it, especially considering that the news broke on the day of the anniversary of Haiti’s most devastating earthquake.
Anderson Cooper took some time out during the news to deliver the following PSA to Donnie:
I want to take time to talk about Haiti, one of the places the president of the united states referred to today as a “Sh*thole country.” I was taught math in high school by a Haitian immigrant named Yveole who worked hard, who dedicated himself to teaching kids in America. He ultimately returned to his country in Haiti and was assassinated while running for president.
I spent a lot of time in Haiti, I first went there in the early 1990’s, I first went there as a young reporter. In 2010, my team from CNN was the first international team on the ground after the earthquake struck. I spent more than a month there and returned many times and returned many times on assignment and on vacation. Like all countries, Haiti is a collection of people, it’s rich and poor, well educated and not, good and bad. But I’ve never met a Haitian who isn’t strong. You have to be to survive in a place where the government has abandoned it’s people where opportunities are few, and where mother nature has punished the people far more than anyone should ever be punished. But let me be clear tonight— the people of Haiti have been through more. They’ve been through more, they’ve withstood more, and they fought back against more injustice than our president ever has.
Tomorrow marks exactly eight years since the earthquake struck Haiti. A 7.1 magnitude earthquake that killed anywhere between 220,000 and 300,000 people. The actual numbers will never be known because they were buried in unmarked pits. One-and-a-half million people were displaced. For days and weeks without help from their own government or police, the people of Haiti dug through rubble with their bare and bloodied hands to save complete strangers, guided only by the cries of the wounded and the dying.
I was there when a young girl named “Bee” had been trapped in rubble for nearly a day, was rescued by people who had no heavy equipment, they just had their God-given strength and their determination and their courage. I was there when a five-year-old boy named Mongly was rescued after being buried for more than seven days. Do you know what strength it takes to survive on rain water, buried under concrete, a five-year-old boy, buried for seven days?
Haitians slap your hand hard when they shake it. They look you in the eye, and they don’t blink. They stand tall, and they have dignity. It’s a dignity that many in the White House could learn from. It’s a dignity the president, with all his power, and all his money, could learn from as well. On the anniversary of the earthquake, on this day when this president has said what he has said about Haitians, we hope that the people in Haiti who are listening tonight in Port-au-Prince, in Jacmel, in Bainet and in Miami, and elsewhere, we hope they know, that our thoughts, are with them, and our love is with them as well.
On behalf of Haitians and Haitain-Americans everywhere— merci, bon ami Cooper!
Watch the whole video, and catch the passion, below.