It was the cuss word heard around the world. While President Trump denies using the term “s---holes” in reference to Haiti and Africa, and some of his supporters believe he was referring only to the corrupt leadership of impoverished countries, his critics were quick to denounce him as a racist.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), among others, says Trump made the comment during a meeting about a bipartisan compromise for the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, according to ABC 7 Chicago.
Durbin described the words he said Trump used, saying, "The largest group's El Salvadoran, the second is Honduran and the third is Haitian. When I mentioned that fact to him, he said, 'Haitians? Do we need more Haitians?' Then he went on and he started to describe the immigration from Africa that was being protected in this bipartisan measure. That's when he used these vile and vulgar comments, calling the nations they come from, 's---holes.' The exact word used by the president — not just once, but repeatedly.”
Trump originally took to Twitter early Friday morning to defend himself.
But his words didn’t do anything to pacify his critics who saw the alleged comment as a way to cement the image in their minds of Trump as an insensitive despot. On Monday afternoon, the president tried again.
Earlier in the day, a GOP congressmen expressed concerns about comments Trump has made in the past and said his alleged DACA one could have far-reaching consequences.
According to The Hill, Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) said, "I wasn't in the meeting, so I don't know exactly what was said. But if it's true, as was reported by Sen. Durbin and then confirmed by Sen. [Lindsey] Graham [R-S.C.], the comments, obviously, have to be denounced."
"And one thing I've noticed is the people of sub-Saharan Africa have a high regard for the United States of America, because of the things we've done there, whether it's on the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief or any number of other issues," he said but added, "We're well-regarded, and this incident, I think, is going to have some consequences for us, at least in the short-term."
Dent made his overall impression of Trump’s handling of racial issues known by saying that the president’s DACA comment is made “even more alarming” because “the president had previously made statements about Mexicans and Muslims and his failure to denounce David Duke in a timely matter, and of course the Charlottesville situation.”
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