President Donald Trump faced yet more accusations of racism on Monday after he praised a border patrol agent for being someone who “speaks perfect English.”
Trump sparked an online backlash following his quip, which he made whilst hailing Adrian Anzaldua for his role in the recent discovery of 78 undocumented immigrants inside a trailer in Laredo, Texas.
“The border patrol agent who caught the accused and likely saved many lives, he’s here with us,” Trump said at the White House event. “You’re not nervous, right? Speaks perfect English.”
Twitter users were quick to criticize Trump over the remark, with many calling it “racist” and “unbelievable”:
Too bad the *president doesn’t speak perfect English.— Gina Bradbury (@screaminggina) August 20, 2018
Even when Trump is attempting to compliment someone, his overt racism just oozes out.— J. Locke (@realJLocke) August 20, 2018
The blatant racism of this administration is non-stop. It keeps on coming. Trump is trying to use minority federal agents to show he's not racist, and then insults the Latino agent with his "perfect English" remark. Unbelievable. https://t.co/vdOPaPxcCD— Niraj Warikoo (@nwarikoo) August 21, 2018
NYT: "And there was one awkward moment: As Mr. Trump introduced a Hispanic Border Patrol agent, Adrian Anzaldua, above, he noted that he spoke "perfect English.”— Mike Daisey (@mdaisey) August 20, 2018
It's not awkward. He's racist.
This afternoon, Predator trump introduced a Latino border patrol agent by saying “he speaks perfect English.”— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) August 21, 2018
A beyond racist illiterate Buffoon who believes his daily wordsalad is proper English.
The presidents mind is drifting away into a sea of petty racist fixations and awkward attempts at confidence.— Hal Sparks (@HalSparks) August 21, 2018
We’d be better off if he just farted ‘the star spangled banner’ into a microphone https://t.co/9TQBms1XTA
Trump started his campaign calling Mexicans “rapists” and “murderers.” Of course he will say that a Latino border agent “speaks perfect English.” Dude has been a racist since day one.— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) August 20, 2018
Thanks @Omarosa, but we don’t need your tapes. We’ve already know.
He spoke perfect English unlike the President who speaks gibberish.— Tom Street (@tmstreet) August 20, 2018
Racist said what?— TruthIsTruth (@RelativelySane0) August 20, 2018
@realDonaldTrump What would this President know about perfect English?— mdw831 (@mdw8311) August 20, 2018
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.