The African National Congress (ANC), in a statement on Tuesday 8 September, condemned disparaging remarks that were allegedly attributed to President of the United States Donald Trump, about former president Nelson Mandela.
The ruling party, who called Trump “divisive, misogynistic and disrespectful,” said all freedom-loving people of the world are appalled by the alleged insults.
TRUMP ACCUSED OF DISRESPECTING MANDELA
Lawyer Michael Cohen, who represented Trump from 2006 to 2018, is set to drop a tell-all memoir about the inner workings on the white house. Cohen’s new book (Disloyal) makes a string of allegations against Trump and includes a highly offensive opinion of Nelson Mandela.
One passage in the publication quotes Trump as saying the following when referring to Madiba and South Africa:
“Mandela f***** the whole country up. Now it’s a s***hole. F*** Mandela. He was no leader… Tell me one country run by a black person that isn’t a s***hole. They are all complete f****** toilets.”
ANC LASHES OUT AT THE US PRESIDENT
The ANC said Mandela, the icon of our struggle, stands in stark contrast to Trump.
“A unifying and principled leader, President Mandela reached out to the world and sought to bring peace and a just society. President Mandela also believed in good trade and sound diplomatic relations. He forged a strong relationship with President Bill Clinton, interacted with political leaders across the political spectrum and never let go of his principles for pragmatic short term goals,” it said.
The ANC said it is confident that Mandela would have reached out to Trump to teach him to understand the complex challenges of the developing world and would have shown him the wisdom to lift the blockade against Cuba.
“He would have invited him to visit Gaza to appreciate the pain of the Palestinian people and advised him to work with the international community to help find a lasting solution to the conflict in the Middle East,” it further stated.
The party said Mandela understood the value of international friendship amongst the countries of the world.
“The mark of a true leader is not how many enemies you create but how many friendships you cultivate even where strong differences in opinion exist,” it said.
“President Nelson Mandela is an international icon, a revered freedom fighter and a great leader who will be remembered and celebrated for centuries to come,” it added.
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