Anderson Cooper on CNN's "AC360" (Jan 11, 2018)

Anderson Cooper on CNN’s “AC360” (Jan 11, 2018)

*Anderson Cooper got emotional on Thursday while reflecting on his relationship with Haiti and its people in the wake of Donald Trump’s comment calling Haiti a “shithole.”

The CNN anchor, who reported live from the Caribbean country when it was struck by a devastating earthquake exactly eight years ago, urged viewers not to “dance around” the president’s comments.

“The president of the United States is tired of so many black people coming into this country. Tired of immigrants from Haiti and Africa being allowed in,” Cooper said on his CNN show “AC360.”

“Perhaps the White House feels the president’s remarks will be well-received in some parts of this country, among some parts of the president’s base, and perhaps that is true but it doesn’t make what he said any less ignorant or any less racist. Not racial. Not racially charged, racist. Let’s not kid ourselves. Let’s not pretend or dance around it. The sentiment the president expressed today is a racist sentiment,” Cooper added.

He continued: “Tired of Africans and Haitians, the president said he would like to bring more people from countries like Norway. Norway, which population is overwhelmingly of Nordic descent. White people in other words.”

Later in the show, Cooper choked up as he recounted his experiences in Haiti, at the frontline of rescue attempts during the earthquake and said that Trump could learn something about dignity and strength from the Haitian people he encountered.

Watch above.