San Francisco 49ers wide receiver and a Haitian descendent Pierre Garcon addressed President Donald Trump’s ‘s—hole’ remark concerning Haiti, his family’s country of origin, saying, “We’d forgive him.”
“[W]e would just—We’d forgive him,” Pierre Garcon said to TMZ Sports when asked what he would say to Donald Trump. “That’s all we really can do.”
Pierre Garcon’s comments came after President Trump reportedly called Haiti, El Salvador and African countries ‘s—hole’ countries in a meeting with a bipartisan group of congressional leaders last Tuesday to address DACA.
The 49ers receiver is, according to SFGate, “the only member of his immediate family who was born in the United States. “His parents and his three sisters were born in Haiti, and Garcon still has other family members living there.”
Pierre Garcon’s remarks from his TMZ Sports interview can be read in a transcript below:
Garcon: “It was hard to understand why would you even say something like that, you know. It’s embarrassing, you know.
“He probably says it in private. Privacy, you know, people talk in privacy. But to say it publicy.
“And you know, as an adult, as a matured adult, knowing Donald Trump as, you know, what we were feared before he became president and for him to actually show what he really is as the president, you know, you’re not surprised or expecting – not surprised by what he says.
Reporter: “What would you say to Donald Trump?”
Garcon: “Umm, you know, we would just—We’d forgive him. That’s all we really can do. You can only try to show somebody something if they don’t want to experience it. That’s there.
“But we are happy to be from Haiti. We’re happy to be Haitian immigrants. There are a lot of Haitian people that are in America that are happy to come here and be a[n] asset to the country and, you know, take pride with that and take pride in being an asset to our own country.
“But, you know, to— You don’t fight fire with fire. You know, you try to, you know, shed light on the situation, and try to see a different point of view to, you know, encourage and embrace and enlighten everybody on what we have in the, you know, [indiscernible].
“When you first hear it, it’s obviously, you attack like, alright, everything. But now it’s like, alright, let’s not get into a shouting match or get into—let’s not stoop down to that level. Let’s, alright, let’s embrace our country and find out way more ways to market our country and invite people to come over and experience it with us.”