Jones comments were made during the MLK Unity Breakfast that took place in Birmingham to honor Martin Luther King Jr.
Jones said that President Trump’s comment was “not only beneath his office but is the very antithesis of the very values we hold so dear as Americans.” Applause followed his commentary in the BJCC North Exhibition Hall where the event took place.
“Do not forget one second, whenever you hear that divisive rhetoric, no matter who it comes from, that because of our diversity and because of our differences, every time we faced what felt liked insurmountable difficulties, we have risen to the occasion to confront that on. And make no mistake: we will do it again.”
Several Alabama representatives have commented on President Trump’s remark. Alabama 1st District U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne stated they are “an unfortunate and major distraction.”
Alabama 7th District U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell asked the President to apologize, and called his remarks as “racist” and “abhorrent.” Sewell went on to tweet; “This is a nation of immigrants from all backgrounds. The willingness to sacrifice, work hard, and to work together is what makes us strong and successful as a country. Trump’s abhorrent comments do not represent the views of this great nation.”
Trump allegedly made the comments during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration policy during which he asked; “Why are we having all these people from sh**thole countries come here?”
Trump has denied making the remarks and has stated that he is “not a racist” and that “I’m the least racist person you have ever interviewed.”