ESA Issues Sharp Criticism of Trump’s ‘Shithole’ Comments

US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on prison reform in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, January 11, 2018. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB /Getty Images

The Entertainment Software Association offered a sharp rebuke to Donald Trump last night after the President reportedly referred to African nations and others as "shithole countries," marking a rare entry into broader politics from the video game lobbying group. The president has come under widespread criticism for his comments, which the ESA called "repulsive."

"America’s greatness is built on our diversity. The president’s repulsive comments undermine the fundamental values of who we are as a country. There is no place in our society for this type of backward thinking, and we condemn it in the strongest terms," the statement reads. 

The strong language of the ESA’s statement stands in contrast to the much more guarded tone the group took in response to the President’s initial travel ban last January. At the time, the ESA framed the issue in its specific relationship to skilled workers in the video game industry, as opposed to the much stronger moral tone from this recent statement. The president was reportedly complaining that the United States receives too many immigrants from countries like El Salvador, Haiti and African Nations, preferring instead that the country receive immigrants from places like Norway.

The President himself has denied using the specific language that he’s been criticized for, though in somewhat confusing terms:

"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA!" he tweeted about the meeting, which covered immigration topics like the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program. "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said ‘take them out.’ Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!"

Trump has previously threatened to either record or release recordings of other meetings with differing points of view but has not yet done so. The ESA also recently came out in favor of the Republican tax bill passed late last year.

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US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on prison reform in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, January 11, 2018. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB /Getty Images

The Entertainment Software Association offered a sharp rebuke to Donald Trump last night after the President reportedly referred to African nations and others as “shithole countries,” marking a rare entry into broader politics from the video game lobbying group. The president has come under widespread criticism for his comments, which the ESA called “repulsive.”

“America’s greatness is built on our diversity. The president’s repulsive comments undermine the fundamental values of who we are as a country. There is no place in our society for this type of backward thinking, and we condemn it in the strongest terms,” the statement reads. 

The strong language of the ESA’s statement stands in contrast to the much more guarded tone the group took in response to the President’s initial travel ban last January. At the time, the ESA framed the issue in its specific relationship to skilled workers in the video game industry, as opposed to the much stronger moral tone from this recent statement. The president was reportedly complaining that the United States receives too many immigrants from countries like El Salvador, Haiti and African Nations, preferring instead that the country receive immigrants from places like Norway.

The President himself has denied using the specific language that he’s been criticized for, though in somewhat confusing terms:

The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA!” he tweeted about the meeting, which covered immigration topics like the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program. “Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said ‘take them out.’ Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!”

Trump has previously threatened to either record or release recordings of other meetings with differing points of view but has not yet done so. The ESA also recently came out in favor of the Republican tax bill passed late last year.



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