Senator Dick Durbin is doubling down on his statement that popular vote loser Donald Trump indeed called many third world nations “shithole countries” during an immigration meeting last week.
The remarks caused widespread outrage towards the President, but Trump and a couple of key enablers in the Senate either flat out denied he made the comment or cowardly “couldn’t recall” what was said (a play right out of Jeff Sessions’ playbook).
“I know what happened,” Durbin said. “I stand behind every word that I said.”
“I don’t know that changing the word from ‘hole’ to ‘house’ changes the impact,” he further observed. “I don’t think a majority of Americans agree with the president whichever word that he used. I don’t believe that a majority of the Republican Party agrees with the president, whichever word that he used.”
Sen Durbin this morning stands by his previous comments about what Pres Trump said in DACA meeting pic.twitter.com/AAgCEfBCJW
— Tony Arnold (@tonyjarnold) January 15, 2018
Durbin said that he is “stunned that this is their defense,” referring to the White House’s comment that Trump may have said “shit house” instead of “shithole.”
“I don’t know if there was some other recording device in use within the Oval Office,” Durbin concluded. “If there was, I just want to call on the White House right now, release whatever you have.”
Trump has already let the cat out of the bag, letting everyone knows he’s recording meetings now – presumably because he has grown so paranoid. So, it’s extremely likely there is a tape of this “shithole” meeting, which Durbin seems to also think is a possibility.
Whatever was said, it’s clear that the President’s contempt for non-white people is influencing his policy and agenda, and that is something that has to change. That is not an acceptable position for the President of the United States to hold in the year 2018. He’s undoing decades of progress in Civil Rights with every vulgar statement and tweet.