Gov.-elect Phil Murphy said he was “completely and utterly offended” by comments that President Donald Trump reportedly made questioning why the U.S. accepts immigrants from “shithole countries” like Haiti.
Murphy, a Democrat who will succeed Republican Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday, said he’s a “big sucker” for the poem on the base of the Statue of Liberty by Emma Lazarus calling for the U.S. to welcome all immigrants, even the “tired” and “poor.”
“I challenge our president to do two things: One is to read that poem,” Murphy said of Trump, a Republican, during an unrelated news conference at Barack Obama Elementary School. “Because that defines America for me, and I think for many of us.”
“And secondly, I would love him to come into this school and look around this room and allow us to say: ‘Mr. President, this is the United States of America,'” added Murphy, a frequent Trump critic and a former U.S. ambassador to Germany under Obama.
Phil Murphy’s new interview with NJ Advance Media
Murphy was one of many New Jersey leaders — including Republicans — to decry Trump’s alleged remarks, which the president later denied making.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-11th Dist., said the comments are “deplorable and deserve universal condemnation.”
“The ‘dreamers’ are young people who were brought to our country through no fault of their own, often as young children, by their parents,” Frelinghuysen said. “For many, this is the only country they have ever known. I look forward to supporting legislation that provides a comprehensive solution to their plight, ensuring that those who have done nothing wrong can remain a part of this great country.”
U.S. Rep. Albio Sires, D-8th Dist., said it “unfortunately comes as no surprise that the president has no respect for the immigrant communities and views himself as superior to people that don’t look, talk, and act like him”
“Making racist comments against people who have been living in America for centuries and have worked tirelessly to lift our great nation up is disgraceful,” Sires added.
U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-12th Dist., said Trump “continues to make clear what many of us knew to be true in throughout the 2016 presidential election cycle: He is a racist whose bigotry and ignorance guide his decision-making.”
U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-9th Dist., tweeted that Trump is “showing his bigoted tendencies in ways that would make Archie Bunker blush.”
Once again, @POTUS has made a fool of himself & our nation on a worldwide stage. He’s showing his bigoted tendencies in ways that would make Archie Bunker blush. White House statement makes it even more obvious that this president needs some help – what a national disgrace! https://t.co/j0N4K4c495
— Bill Pascrell, Jr. (@BillPascrell) January 11, 2018
Trump reportedly made the comments during a meeting with federal lawmakers on immigration in the Oval Office on Thursday. He reportedly was unhappy with an…