ESA Condemns Trump's Racist Remarks as "Repulsive"

ESA Condemns Trump's Racist Remarks as "Repulsive"

"There is no place in our society for this type of backward thinking[.]"

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."

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.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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