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President Donald Trump this morning tweeted out a denial over reports that he called the Caribbean nation of Haiti and African nations in general “shithole countries,” saying that the comments were “made up by Dems.”
Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said “take them out.” Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
Yet that denial by Trump has many holes in it. Why didn’t any of his Republican allies, hours after the reports came out, deny Trump said that? Why didn’t his own White House, issuing a comment after the reports, deny it also?
The most obvious answer is because Trump is lying. Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, was privy to the conversation between Trump and other Congressional lawmakers at the White House Thursday evening, because Durbin was among those there discussing the issue of immigration with the president.
Durbin was quick to respond to Trump’s denial on Friday. “In the course of his comments, he said things that were hate-filled, vile and racist,” Durbin told reporters. “I cannot believe in this history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday.”
The president used “the exact word [shithole]…not just once, but repeatedly,” Durbin added.
Trump’s comments during that meeting were indeed racist. “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” the president reportedly asked lawmakers.
Durbin gave a detailed explanation of what went down at the meeting, including pointing out that Sen. Lindsey Graham, a member of Trump’s own political party, stood up to the president’s racist diatribe.
“My colleague [Graham] spoke up and made a direct comment on what the president said,” Durbin said. “For him to confront the president as he did, literally sitting next to him, took extraordinary political courage and I respect him for it.”
There’s no reason to believe Trump’s denial on his racist comments. We know that he has a storied history of being racist. We also know he lies at least five times to the American people on a daily basis, through Twitter or statements he makes to the press.
Now we have witness testimony from one of the lawmakers who were present. Trump needs to stop lying to us, own up to his racist remarks, and issue an immediate apology.
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