2 Sumter, handful of state Representatives want Trump to apologize

Disappointed in derogatory comments on immigration

By KAYLA ROBINS
kayla@theitem.com
Posted 1/19/18

Two Sumter legislators announced their support of a proposed resolution asking for an apology from President Donald Trump.

State Reps. Robert Ridgeway, D-Manning, and David Weeks, D-Sumter, signed onto House Resolution 4619, which expresses …

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2 Sumter, handful of state Representatives want Trump to apologize

Disappointed in derogatory comments on immigration

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration policy in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington on Jan. 9. Trump's use of a vulgar term to describe African countries such as Haiti and Africa has left many upset.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration policy in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington on Jan. 9. Trump's use of a vulgar term to describe African countries such as Haiti and Africa has left many upset.
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Two Sumter legislators announced their support of a proposed resolution asking for an apology from President Donald Trump.

State Reps. Robert Ridgeway, D-Manning, and David Weeks, D-Sumter, signed onto House Resolution 4619, which expresses "disappointment in President Trump's derogatory comments made during an immigration meeting on Jan. 11, 2018, and to request an apology from the president."

As he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, Trump questioned why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "s**thole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway, according to The Associated Press.

The Associated Press reported The White House did not deny his remark but issued a statement saying Trump supports immigration policies that welcome "those who can contribute to our society."

His comments came as two senators presented details of a bipartisan compromise that would extend protections against deportation for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants and strengthen border protections, as he has insisted, The Associated Press reported.

"We, as human beings, make mistakes all the time, and if you make a mistake you need to own up to it and say I'm sorry and ask for forgiveness," Ridgeway told The Sumter Item on Thursday. "That's what the Bible tells us to do."

The resolution states, "The South Carolina House of Representatives, both Democrats and Republicans alike, will not tolerate the comments made and make it clear that the United States of America does not discriminate based on race or national origin. The United States is a great country because of the diversity of the individuals residing in it."

Ridgeway said when state Rep. John King, D-Rock Hill, asked who would like to be on the resolution he introduced, he said yes and that there were only about six to eight representatives on as co-sponsors at that point.

As of Jan. 17, there were 35.

After being introduced on Jan. 16, the resolution has been referred to the Committee on Invitations and Memorial Resolutions.