Day 358: Racist.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

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1/ Trump vaguely denied calling Haiti a "shithole country," tweeting that "the language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough." Trump then blamed Democrats for the "outlandish proposal," which he called "a big setback for DACA!" He did not, however, deny that he called El Salvador or African countries "shitholes." (NBC News / Washington Post)

The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018

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

2/ Senator Richard Durbin contradicted Trump, saying the comments were "hate-filled, vile and racist" and that he repeatedly referred to African countries as "shitholes" during the private immigration meeting. Durbin said, "The most disheartening thing to me is my belief that that was the first time words that hateful had been spoken in the Oval Office of the White House." (New York Times / NBC News / Wall Street Journal)

3/ The United Nations human rights office called Trump's comments "shocking," "shameful," and "no other word for this but racist." Haiti, the African Union, Mexico, and France all rejected Trump's comments. (Reuters / USA Today)

4/ Don Lemon: "The president of the United States is racist." The CNN Tonight host added that "A lot of us already knew that," and that Trump's comments were "disgusting," but not shocking. "They're not even really surprising." (Washington Post)

5/ Anderson Cooper: "The sentiment the President expressed today is a racist sentiment." Cooper also said that Trump's remarks about American immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations were "Not racial. Not racially charged. Racist." (CNN)

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