Palm Beach, FL – On Monday, about five hundred Haitian-American protesters and allies protested outside of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where the President was staying for the holiday weekend.
The protesters demanded an apology from Trump, who last week referred to black-majority countries – including Haiti by name – as “shithole countries.” Fittingly, the protest took place on Martin Luther King Jr. day, a nationally recognized day commemorating the tireless activism of an American hero.
Relevant excerpted coverage follows:
The Hill: Haiti supporters protest Trump near Mar-a-Lago
By Tristan Lejeune
But Indiana resident Phoebe Crane told the paper that such vulgar comments are “not what our founding fathers” wanted.
“I had to come out because of the president’s incredibly racist, bigoted and depressing remarks,” Crane said. “This is just setting our country backward. This is not who we are. It’s not what our founding fathers intended.”
WPLG Local 10: Haitian protesters march across bridge leading to Mar-a-Lago
By Peter Burke
Members of the South Florida Haitian community were protesting President Donald Trump by marching across a bridge connecting Palm Beach to West Palm Beach.
Hundreds of protesters gathered on the West Palm Beach side of the Southern Boulevard bridge Monday morning, marching across the bridge that leads to Mar-a-Lago.
The protesters were demanding an apology from the president amid reports that Trump used vulgar language to refer to Haiti and African countries.
Palm Beach Post: Haitian protesters voice outrage near Trump’s ‘Winter White House’
By George Bennett and Sonja Isger
Those who stood at West Palm Beach approach on the Intracoastal Waterway to the Mar-a-Lago estate said they were driven to protest by President Trump’s reported lamentations last week, including a vulgarity that included references to African countries and Haiti. They also were protesting Trump’s assertion that the United States should instead bring in more people from countries such as Norway.
“We help America to fight. Some of us work two or three jobs to make a living,” said Charlemagne Metayer, a Lake Park zoning board member who came to the U.S. in 1985, became a citizen and is father to four all natives of Palm Beach County. “We are hard-working people. We deserve an apology from the President.”