In a surprising statement, the Entertainment Software Association has issued a strongly worded condemnation of President Trump's racist comments reported earlier today where he referred to immigrants from "Haiti and Africa" as being from "shithole" countries.
"America's greatness is built on our diversity. The president's repulsive comments undermine the fundamental values of who we are as a country," said the ESA in its statement. "There is no place in our society for this type of backward thinking, and we condemn it in the strongest terms."
Our statement regarding President Trump's remarks about immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and African Nations. pic.twitter.com/8O9blNmEVB— The ESA (@theESA) January 12, 2018
As a trade association that represents the interests of video game publishers, the ESA is no stranger to issuing statements regarding the goings on in today's political landscape. However, the statement coming out against Trump's racist remarks today mark one of the strongest rebukes to this administration.
Previously, the ESA issued several other statements regarding the Republican controlled government in Washington D.C. since Trump was elected President. Some were congratulatory like the statement issued in the wake of the passing of the Republican tax bill. Other statements were issued more diplomatically, like the ESA's response to Trump's threats to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programs.
Trump's remarks today, in which he asked why he would want immigrants from "shithole countries" like Haiti and African nations rather than immigrants from countries like Norway were widely condemned as racist and offensive. Trump's racist comments were widely reported and the White House did not deny Trump having said these remarks.