The West Palm Beach approach to President Trump’s so-called Winter White House was lined Monday afternoon with about 400 protesters, including doctors and pastors, students and attorneys, almost all of Haitian descent and all there to send a message: They want an apology and more.
The group gathered on the federal holiday recognizing the nation’s most recognized black activist, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and on a day on which the president himself was likely to see them as he zipped by in his motorcade just after 4 p.m.
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Monday, too, was only a few days after news organizations reported that Trump, in a bipartisan meeting Thursday with lawmakers trying to craft an immigration deal, referred to African nations and Haiti as “shithole countries.’’
“We know the country (Haiti) is not a ‘shithole’ country,” said Charlemagne Metayer, a Lake Park zoning board member who came to the United States from Haiti in 1985, became a citizen and is father of four, all native to Palm Beach County.
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