Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin disputes Trump denial of using "S" word

Lawrence Kim
January 13, 2018

"The language used by me at the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) meeting was tough, but this was not the language used", Trump tweeted on Friday morning, after his reported description of the targeted nations as "shithole countries" touched off worldwide outrage overnight.

"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" the Washington Post quoted him as saying.

The irony of President Donald Trump signing a proclamation declaring Martin Luther King Jr. Day, according to The Daily Beast.

On Friday morning, Fox & Friends - the president's favorite morning news show - actually, incredibly, criticized Trump for the reported remark.

Durbin is a Democrat, but several Republican Senators also took umbrage with the president's language.

"It was an inappropriate comment", Buchanan said in an email from his press secretary to the Bradenton Herald. That's when he used these vile and vulgar comments, calling the nations they come from 'sh-holes.' The exact word used by the president. "It is not true". "Made up by Dems", Trump wrote.

Republican Rep. Mia Love of Utah, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, said Trump's comments were "unkind, divisive, elitist and fly in the face of our nation's values".

"I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians", the president said. "There is no other word one can use but 'racist'".

At that point, she admitted that both of her parents were from Korea - at which point Trump turned to an adviser and asked them why the "pretty Korean lady" wasn't being used as an asset to negotiate with North Korea over its nuclear arsenal.

House Judiciary Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy have so far not commented on the remarks. "We should have more people from Norway". The Post said he also was referring to El Salvador.

Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Durbin had proposed cutting the visa lottery program by 50 percent and then prioritizing countries already in the system, a White House official said. Trump went on to remark: "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"

Colville warns that comments by a major political figure, such as the president of the United States, can have damaging and unsafe consequences.

Trump's contemptuous blanket description of African countries startled lawmakers in the meeting and immediately revived charges that the president is racist.

And people including Rantt News's co-founder and editor-in-chief Ahmed Baba, University of Pennsylvania assistant professor Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, and author and journalist Jonathan M. Katz have been educating with Twitter threads on exactly why Trump's alleged comments are harmful, inaccurate, racist, and anti-black.

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