News outlets have been reporting, that while the republican President Donald Trump had been busy on Wednesday evening (1/10/18), calling around to friends and allies about his plans to use profanity when referring to Haiti, El Salvador and African countries on a Thursday morning (1/11/18) meeting to discuss immigration issues with US Congressional leaders, there were those taking this subject matter seriously preparing for this same meeting, ready to present solutions. The two Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) had been working on bi- partisan legislation to address immigration reforms. But the president wasn’t feeling it.
At the Thursday (1/11/18) gathering, those in attendance included the president, the Republican Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas, David Perdue of Georgia, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, the Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, the Republican House Representatives Kevin McCarthy of California, Robert Goodlatte of Virginia, and Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida.
During the meeting, the president did his best to kill any bi-partisan attempts to fix DACA, a directive to protect young peoples from deportation who came to the US as children with parents who were not US citizens and don’t know their countries of origin, as well as any other immigration reforms, by referring to Haiti, El Salvador and African countries, as Skxxthole countries.
Within a day, the detailing of the president’s racist words was headline news after the Washington Post broke the story. These words have echoed around in the world to be received by leaders in disgust. (It is my opinion that the White house Itself leaked this news item).
But the word got out to reporters that the president had been contacting friends and allies by phone that very same evening of 1/11/18, to brag about what he had done in a gleeful mood. He thought this story was playing well with his base. During the weekend, while he was at his resort in Mar-a-Lago, he was observed again boastfully sharing with others his dirty deeds.
Meanwhile, the president’s Republican sycophants Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue hit the Sunday TV talk shows, where they both proceeded to lie directly to the American peoples, stating unequivocally that the president never referred to Haiti and African countries in racist terms. This was after they both had issues statements to the media, that they did’t recall hearing the president’s racist references. Then they went even further in their crassness and duplicity, by demanding that Senators Durbin and Graham recant their versions of what occurred. (I would like to ask them, exactly what were the president’s words that Senator Graham overtly challenged?)
The Democratic Senator Dick Durbin verified on 1/12/18, for the record that the president did indeed behave as has been reported in the news. He said, “I have seen the comments in the press, I have not read one of them that’s inaccurate. In the course of (Trump’s) comments, he said things that were hate-filled, vile and racist. l use those words advisingly, I understand how powerful they are. I cannot believe that in the history of the White House and that Oval Office any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday.” (See: Senator Dick Durbin Fires Back At Trump Denial – Videos – CBS News) He singled out Senator Graham for having displayed the courage to directly confront the President’s about his racist words.
Later, Senator Graham did go on the record stating that he had responded to the president’s words directly. He commented, “following comments by the president, I said my piece to him, yesterday. The president and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel. I’ve always believed that America is an idea, not defined by its people but by its ideals.” ( As per CNBC/ See: Sen. Lindsey Graham: ‘I said my piece’ to Trump during immigration )
Dear Republicans, Are you ever going to hold your standard bearer accountable for his racist views? Your party has two senators, Tom Cotton and David Perdue, who will be forever identified as liars who protected a president with racist leanings. Is this the branding you want associated with the Republican Party? The vast majority of Americans are angry at your complicity to turn this great promise of a land into a shxxhole country.
Here’s the rest of the story…
On January 14, 2018, Rebecca Savransky of the Hill penned the following report, “Conservative writer: Trump called friends to brag about ‘s—hole countries’ remark”
A conservative columnist said President Trump called friends to brag after the meeting in which the president reportedly referred to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as “shithole countries.”
“It’s weird that people in the room don’t remember Trump using that word when Trump himself was calling friends to brag about it afterwards,” Erick Erickson, who has in the past been critical of Trump, said in a tweet.”
“I spoke to one of those friends. The President thought it would play well with the base.”Trump faced widespread backlash and accusations of racism after a report he disparaged several nations during a meeting with lawmakers at the White House.”
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump reportedly asked, referring to immigrants from African nations, Haiti and El Salvador.”
“The White House initially did not deny the comment, which came as lawmakers work on an immigration deal.”
“In a tweet Friday morning, Trump denied he said “anything derogatory about Haitians.”
“Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) said Sunday that Trump didn’t use the word“shithole.”
“I’m telling you he did not use that word, George. And I’m telling you it’s a gross misrepresentation. How many times do you want me to say that?” Perdue said during an interview on ABC’s “This Week.”
“A report last week said Trump defended his comment in private.”
“Citing a person who spoke with the president, The Associated Press reported that Trump doubled down on his reported comments from this week, defending the remark as not racist but a “straightforward assessment” of the living conditions in the countries discussed.”