A three-decade-old clip of Biden saying it would not matter if Haiti sunk recently resurfaced. This comes as his administration is facing backlash for the inhumane treatment of Haitian migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Biden made “god awful” statement against Haiti, claiming they do not matter in terms of Democrats’ interests
The damning remarks made by Biden were in a PBS interview back in 1994, during the time when he was still a senator for Delaware. During the interview, Biden was questioned whether then-President Clinton would strike Haiti following the 1991 coup de etat against the nation’s then-president.
Biden then answered that whether Haiti sunk into the Caribbean sea or rose 300 feet above does not matter in terms of their interests. Although he acknowledged the statement as “god awful” to say, Biden still mentioned how irrelevant Haiti is to the U.S. Democrats.
A slave revolt built #Haiti into the first black republic in the world. As punishment, they were occupied, sabotaged, and embargoed into poverty and instability by the US.
Biden: "If Haiti just quietly sunk into the Caribbean or rose up 300 feet, it wouldn't matter a whole lot." pic.twitter.com/UuY84sRA8X
— Holding Biden Accountable (@WaitingOnBiden) July 7, 2021
Although the video was around for decades, it was widely shared this past week after a surge of Haitian migrants stormed the U.S. border. The White House also faced fiery criticism after images and footage showed border officers riding horses, whipping and maneuvering Haitian migrants attempting to cross the border.
The images were quickly compared to the dark history of slavery in America. On the other hand, the Democrat Party called for the Biden administration to end Title 42 rule, which allows them to deport migrants.
Yet, despite rising criticism, the Biden administration still deported over 12,000 Haitian migrants who gathered at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Vice President Harris acknowledged how “horribly” Haitian migrants were treated at the border
The deportation of Haitian migrants comes at a time when the country is struggling to recover from the 7.2 magnitude earthquake. This earthquake killed more than 2,000 people after the assassination of the Haitian president.
Although the motive behind the assassination of the Haitian president remains unclear, it came after continuing political disturbance. Meanwhile, Vice President Harris lashed out at how migrants were treated.
On Tuesday, Harris claimed what she saw was “horrible,” referring to the border officials on horseback while whipping Haitians. Harris added that she “fully supports” a thorough investigation into what is happening at the border.
Harris then declared she was deeply troubled by what transpired at the border. The vice president also said she will keep in touch with Alejandro Mayorkas, the Homeland Security secretary.
Biden’s Border Crisis is worsening.
When will Joe Biden and Kamala Harris acknowledge this humanitarian and health crisis?https://t.co/VldvLpcs1x
— Republican State Leadership Committee (@RSLC) September 26, 2021
Republicans threw more criticism against Biden, accusing the president of letting migrants believe they could seek asylum in the United States by announcing lenient migration policies.
Meanwhile, on Monday, Mayorkas gave a warning to anyone attempting to cross the U.S. border. He stated border crossers “will be returned” and their dangerous journey will not be successful. Instead, they will just be putting their lives and the lives of their families in danger.