Trump’s ‘shithole’ remark rattles evangelicals, other Christians

The Rev. Vic Gordon of Wichita starts to tear up as he wrestles with what to say to his friends in Haiti.

He’ll head to see them next Friday: barely a week after President Donald Trump is reported to have asked lawmakers, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” referring to immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries.

It’s painful to hear people he loves spoken about in a derogatory way, Gordon says. He’s visited Haiti every year except one since 1990, teaching in seminary and working with the Haitian church. He’s even considered moving to the country.

“The kingdom of God is a vision from Jesus of all nations,” Gordon said. “We want to love Trump. We want to love Haitians. We want to love Norwegians.”

Trump’s derogatory words about immigrants from Africa and Central America have upset and angered American Christians, particularly those who have ties to missions work in those countries.

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