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Trump denies using certain language in comments about immigrants; Arkansas' Sen. Cotton weighs in

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday offered a partial denial in public but privately defended his remarks disparaging Haitians and African countries a day earlier. Trump said he was only expressing what many people think but won't say about immigrants from economically depressed countries, according to a person who spoke to the president as criticism of his comments ricocheted around the globe.

Trump spent Thursday evening making a flurry of calls to friends and outside advisers to judge their reactions, said the confidant, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to disclose a private conversation. Trump wasn't apologetic about his inflammatory remarks and denied he was racist, instead, blaming the media for distorting his meaning, the individual said.

However, critics of the president, including some in his own Republican Party, spent Friday blasting the comments he made privately. In his meeting with a group of senators, he had questioned why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "s***hole countries" in Africa as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to one participant and people briefed on the remarkable Oval Office conversation.

The comments revived charges that the president is racist and roiled immigration talks.

"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used," Trump insisted in a series of Friday morning tweets, pushing back on some depictions of the meeting.

But Trump and his advisers did not dispute the most controversial of his remarks: using the word "s***hole" to describe African nations and saying he would prefer immigrants from countries like Norway instead.

Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the only Democrat in the room, said Trump had indeed said what he was reported to have said. The remarks, Durbin said, were "vile, hate-filled and clearly racial in their content."

He said Trump used the most vulgar term "more than once."

"If that's not racism, I don't know how you can define it," Florida GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen told WPLG-TV in Miami.

Republican Sens. David Perdue of Georgia and Tom Cotton of Arkansas, who both attended the Thursday meeting, said in a statement that they "do not recall the president saying these comments specifically." What Trump did do, they said, was "call out the imbalance in our current immigration system, which does not protect American workers and our national interest."

But Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, whom Durbin said had voiced objection to Trump's comments during the meeting, issued a statement that did not dispute the remarks.

"Following comments by the president, I said my piece directly to him yesterday. The president and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel," Graham said, adding: "I've always believed that America is an idea, not defined by its people but by its ideals."

Tweeted Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona: "The words used by the president, as related to me directly following the meeting by those in attendance, were not 'tough,' they were abhorrent and repulsive."

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., called the comments "beneath the dignity of the presidency" and said Trump's desire to see more immigrants from countries like Norway was "an effort to set this country back generations by promoting a homogenous, white society."

Republican leaders were largely silent, though House Speaker Paul Ryan said the vulgar language was "very unfortunate, unhelpful."

Trump's insults — along with his rejection of the bipartisan immigration deal that six senators had drafted — also threatened to further complicate efforts to extend protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants, many of whom were brought to this country as children and now are here illegally.

Trump last year ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provided protection from deportation along with the ability to work legally in the U.S. He gave Congress until March to come up with a legislative fix.

The three Democratic and three GOP senators who'd struck their proposed deal had been working for months on how to balance those protections with Trump's demands for border security, an end to a visa lottery aimed at increasing immigrant diversity, and limits to immigrants' ability to sponsor family members to join them in America.

"The rhetoric just makes it more difficult, and that's unfortunate," said Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, a senior House lawmaker. "I don't think it makes it impossible, but I suspect the Democrats are sitting there going, 'Why would we want to compromise with him on anything?'"

There were also questions about which lawmakers were in position to conduct meaningful talks. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 GOP senator, and other Republicans have derided the group of six senators as having little clout. Initial bargaining has also occurred among a separate group of four leaders — the second-ranking Republican and Democrat from both the House and Senate, a group to which both Cornyn and Durbin belong.

At a forum Friday at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Ryan, R-Wis., said, "We just have to get it done."

Durbin said: "We have seven days, and the clock is ticking. Our bipartisan group continues to build support for the only deal in town." He said he wants to call the bill to the floor of the Senate early next week.

Lawmakers have until Jan. 19 to approve a government-wide stopgap spending bill, and Republicans will need Democratic votes to push the measure through. But some Democrats have threatened to withhold support unless an immigration pact is forged.

Trump's comments came as Durbin was presenting details of the compromise plan that included providing $1.6 billion for a first installment of the president's long-sought border wall.

Trump took particular issue with the idea that people who'd fled to the U.S. after disasters hit their homes in places such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Haiti would be allowed to stay as part of the deal, according to the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly describe the discussion.

When it came to talk of extending protections for Haitians, Durbin said Trump replied: "We don't need more Haitians.'"

"He said 'Put me down for wanting more Europeans to come to this country. Why don't we get more people from Norway?" Durbin told reporters in Chicago.

The administration said last year that it would end a temporary residency permit program that allowed nearly 60,000 Haitians to live and work in the U.S. in the wake of a devastating 2010 earthquake.

Trump insisted Friday that he "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." Trump wrote, "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"

Trump did not respond to shouted questions about his comments as he signed a proclamation Friday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is Monday.

Read Saturday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

Comments

gagewatcher says...

what seems to be the problem? when did we quit calling a spade a spade ? I appreciate a straight shooter and not some mealy mouth slick politician that only says what his or her trainers think will bring in the highest ratings. I've been to several of the countries he was referring to and if he said it he was being nice.

Posted 12 January 2018, 10:55 a.m. Suggest removal

Wowy says...

TRUMP TRUMP BABY !!! Always right 110%. The dimwitted communists only want welfares and gays.
T R U M P F O R E V E R

Posted 12 January 2018, 11 a.m. Suggest removal

PopMom says...

rubythecat,

Are you suggesting that all Africans and hispanics should be banned from immigrating to this country? What about Pakistanis or Indians? Which countries meet with your approval?

Posted 12 January 2018, 11:26 a.m. Suggest removal

3WorldState1 says...

Wowy and Ruby show the depth of ignorance of what it takes to be President of the most powerful country in the world. Small minded indeed. These are the same people that wanted the Irish and the Catholics banned. In 30 years most of these people will be dead. Until then...

Posted 12 January 2018, 11:45 a.m. Suggest removal

Wowy says...

We should do as New Zealand - only let in those ones with a skill (a weed eater doesn't count). Oh yeah and lots and lots more Swedish girls!
Hey Popoff, yes, Haiti IS a sheet-hole.

Posted 12 January 2018, 11:53 a.m. Suggest removal

RBear says...

This just proves he is just a big liar and has a problem with really being factual. It also is a part of a continuing trend of his inability to tell the truth on any subject. Republicans who were in the room, including our own Sen. Cotton, who don't call him out on this lie are just culprits to an ever growing crisis in the White House.
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What is even more disconcerting is the continued ignorance of his demographic who view this disgusting behavior as acceptable, both the lying and the disregard for humans. Just when I think we've hit a low in our presidency, Trump takes us even farther down the hole. He is not my president. I used to not make that statement, but it is impossible to avoid it with such a low-life human being.

Posted 12 January 2018, 12:24 p.m. Suggest removal

ARMNAR says...

I see he's energized his racist base again.

So proud.

Posted 12 January 2018, 12:32 p.m. Suggest removal

notbot says...

Hacking and publishing cruel comments and person’s “anonymous” accounts here may be quite simple...

Posted 12 January 2018, 1:06 p.m. Suggest removal

NOTAGAIN says...

Trump is the least presidential president in modern history. Not even close to a role model for our youth but one that is mental. Internationaly we are laughed at. He will be removed from office before his term ends. He can not help himself and his mouth will help move this forward.

Posted 12 January 2018, 1:17 p.m. Suggest removal

Packman says...

Jake Tapper says this is prototypical FAKE NEWS. Anonymous sources conflated two separate discussions to put forth a racist narrative that the useful idiots (see comment from 3rdWorld, RBear, amgoo, for examples) swallowed hook- line, and sinker.
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Hey Pop - Would it have made you feel better if President Trump had said "third world" instead of "sh*thole"? Like saying someone's "vertically challenged and big boned" or "short and fat". Same difference, but you be you.

Posted 12 January 2018, 1:22 p.m. Suggest removal

DoubleBlind says...

There are so many reasons why Trump’s vulgarities in this case are much more than racist and offensive. It is downright dangerous and irresponsible. There are American troops in most of the countries he labeled. He has now put every one of them at heightened risk, especially given the loss of 4 soldiers in Nigeria in October. It also resonates with the bona fide gun nut deplorables within his base as tacit approval to harass or even attack those from so called ‘sh*thole’ countries already in the US.

Posted 12 January 2018, 1:28 p.m. Suggest removal

NOTAGAIN says...

Pack man, it's about being educated, being presidential, proper and respectful. Whit his statement 3/4 of the world just shock their heads.

Posted 12 January 2018, 1:30 p.m. Suggest removal

BOLTAR says...

If the trolls can jerk your chain, you are the one wearing the collar.

Posted 12 January 2018, 1:38 p.m. Suggest removal

Packman says...

Hey NOTAGAIN and DoubleBlind - Please pay attention. President Trump never made such a statement. Google "Jake Tapper sh*thole" and educate yourself. If anyone is at heightened risk the only people to blame are those in the liberal media that ran with the story without getting all the facts.

Posted 12 January 2018, 1:49 p.m. Suggest removal

DoubleBlind says...

Dick Durbin, who was in the room, confirmed the user of the s-word multiple times. Cotton, conveniently said he ‘didn’t recall’ Trump’s use of the word. You can bet that if Trump had NOT in fact used it, Trump would full throatedly come to his defense. He knows it was used and is in the record so he cannot deny it. He just invokes the Sessions defense: he doesn’t remember.

Posted 12 January 2018, 1:57 p.m. Suggest removal

cain60660gmailcom says...

Cottonmouth was too busy playing footsie with Miss Lindsey Graham.

Posted 12 January 2018, 1:59 p.m. Suggest removal

CDMAN451515 says...

Pacman, I guess you were in the room when Drump was talking. You seem to know exactly what he didn't say. When you follow behind the ass of the elephant in the parade, your job is to clean up the sh-t and you are very good at it.

Posted 12 January 2018, 2:01 p.m. Suggest removal

TimberTopper says...

Packy, Trump tweeted the statement also. But you be you, show that you are a low class individual like the POTUS. Truth be known your honesty level is probably the same as his. That would make you a liar and a thief.

Posted 12 January 2018, 2:02 p.m. Suggest removal

DoubleBlind says...

Tapper only initially reported what he was told by Republicans who were in the room; he wasn’t there himself and never ‘vouched’ for Trump. It subsequently came to light there were 6 Repubs and 1 Dem in the room. None of the Repubs have defended Trump; they’ve just been silent. Even WH spokespeople aren’t denying he said it - because he did say it. Trump is a lying POS. I’d have more respect for him if he just came out and said, ‘Yeah, I said it. In retrospect I should have used other terminology.’ Instead, he just vomits lies.

Posted 12 January 2018, 2:11 p.m. Suggest removal

DoubleBlind says...

I wonder what Trump blurted out as he received the procto probe of his own s-hole today during his physical exam...heh heh. I hope the guy had his gloves in the fridge prior.

Posted 12 January 2018, 2:13 p.m. Suggest removal

RBear says...

Yep, Pack mischaracterized Tapper's reporting. I read both his post and his tweets on the matter. Sorry, but your reading comprehension skills are faulting you again.

Posted 12 January 2018, 2:21 p.m. Suggest removal

ARMNAR says...

I did exactly what Pack suggested and all i found was confirmation that Trump indeed said what has been alleged.

Graham is confirming the same.

Where does Pack get his news?

Posted 12 January 2018, 3 p.m. Suggest removal

BibleBeltFreeThinker says...

This isn't about Trump speaking his mind or calling a spade a spade. It's about him not doing his job. He's supposed to be a president, a diplomat, not some hotel baron who runs over whomever he wants. Diplomacy requires respect. Are we going to lose out on some blockbuster, world-shaking deal because Haiti and Zimbabwe are offended? Probably not. Are we going to get the cold shoulder when some cartel or terrorist group ends up with an American hostage and we ask for their help? Probably so. Presidents act presidential for more reasons than just being politically correct. It's their effing job. And he's not doing his.

Posted 12 January 2018, 3:06 p.m. Suggest removal

Slak says...

Lol
I see everyone knows what so called “sh*tholes” are like.
Urban ghettos are shi*holes.
Rural s*itholes abound; I’m thinking Damascus, for a good example.
Is Haiti a *hithole? You know it is. Just like you know every crappy little turd-world country is a ****hole.
Get real. Stop being prissy little whiny babies.

Posted 12 January 2018, 3:47 p.m. Suggest removal

Packman says...

Hey DoubleBlind - The question isn't necessarily whether President Trump used some salty language. The issue is the way it was conflated to a specific narrative of FAKE NEWS. Your argument isn't with me but with Jake Tapper.
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Hey CDMAN - I guess you cannot read. Jake Tapper has explained how the narrative is FAKE NEWS. Jake wasn't in the room either but is perhaps more reliable than those anonymous sources.
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Hey Timber - Now, you're just lying. President Trump NEVER tweeted the words "Haiti is a sh*thole". NEVER. Stop lying.
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Hey DoubleBlind - Agree that if President Trump used the term in a context different than the narrative, which is essentially what he is now saying, he should just say so and move on. But those are some big ifs.
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Hey RBear - Stop lying. I mischaracterized nothing and used Tapper's own words. Like Timber, now you're just lying.
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Hey amgoo - Stop lying. You found ZERO confirmation from Jake Tapper that what was said wasn't conflated to fit a narrative designed for useful idiots. Graham confirmed? Provide proof from Graham's mouth or STFU. Dick Durbin is a lying liar, so he has about as much credibility as you, amgoo (Sarah Sanders being a "whore" as you like to say.).
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Hey FreeThinker - Agree that President Trump's redefining the presidency away from the notion of political elitism. Some of us see that as a good thing.

Posted 12 January 2018, 3:59 p.m. Suggest removal

DoubleBlind says...

Pack - You’re not just wrong, you’re in denial. About everything: Tapper, Trump, Durbin, Graham - everything. Even the WH isn’t denying Trump used the term. Just own it. The truth will set you free. Your POTUS put American troops at risk in countries he insulted when in at least one case, Nigeria, US soldiers were killed in an ambush as recently as October. You’re POTUS is dangerous s-head. He isn’t worthy to lead our troops when he goes out of his way to get them killed. I would fully support a coup where he is dragged from the West Wing and subsequently disappears.

Posted 12 January 2018, 4:12 p.m. Suggest removal

PopMom says...

Doubleblind,

Watch your language. We need to have him removed lawfully pursuant to impeachment or the 25th amendment. He is a colossal disaster. Bible Belt nailed it with his comments.

Posted 12 January 2018, 4:18 p.m. Suggest removal

Risingsun says...

It is obvious that Trump intends to divide the country, so let the chip fall where they may! Let's let the race war begin, there seem to be no way around it!

Posted 12 January 2018, 4:20 p.m. Suggest removal

DoubleBlind says...

PM - Understood; hyperbole only. Mattis would never lead a coup as much as he might fantasize about doing so. I’ve opposed Trump for many reasons but #1 has always been his complete lack of fitness to oversee US troops and their safety. He has and will continue to get people killed.

Posted 12 January 2018, 4:35 p.m. Suggest removal

BoudinMan says...

Boy Wonder Cotton, as usual, slinks in like Gumby the cartoon figure, that is, without any backbone at all. "Uh, I can't recall." He must be related to Sessions. Wow, what a brave, bold character Cotton is! Not. Are we positive this guy was actually an Army Ranger? If he really was, he must have left his spine in the military.

Posted 12 January 2018, 4:40 p.m. Suggest removal

honesthap says...

I have been to many of these countries on business. I would never go there for any other reason. They really are S....Holes! We do not need any more dimocrat voters who have no skills admitted to this country. Trump is not a politician.......HE TELLS IT LIKE IT IS!

Posted 12 January 2018, 4:43 p.m. Suggest removal

Slak says...

The good thing about offending a sh*thole country is you can always bribe their corrupt government if you need something.

Posted 12 January 2018, 4:44 p.m. Suggest removal

wildblueyonder says...

It's laughable at how many are "offended" by Trump's "language" when most use terms far worse in their posts here. Just look at BBFT's even though it's "cryptic".

Posted 12 January 2018, 4:47 p.m. Suggest removal

DoubleBlind says...

OMFG!!! None other than the WSJ just reported that Trump’s lawyer paid a porn star 130K in 2016 for her to keep quiet about and assault in 2006, AFTER he married Melania. He’s going down!!!

Posted 12 January 2018, 4:50 p.m. Suggest removal

ARMNAR says...

See, Pack? Even gohogs knows that DJT used that term.

You're done on this one.

Posted 12 January 2018, 5:35 p.m. Suggest removal

RBear says...

Cotton pulls the chickensh*t move and "doesn't recall" Trump saying the statement. Even Sen. Graham recalls it and called Trump out. Cotton just showed he's more concerned about his a** than actually standing for ethics and values.

Posted 12 January 2018, 6:08 p.m. Suggest removal

Boathouse says...

Once again Cotton thinks he can pick up a turd by the clean end!

Posted 12 January 2018, 7:56 p.m. Suggest removal

carpenterretired says...

Folks in all fairness to Ranger Tom he may have had his head so far up Trump's buttocks that he did not hear, in 2012 young Tom told great tales of being an army ranger-paratrooper ,in 2014 heroic ranger stories (but never has said what ranger or paratrooper battalions he was a member of) now he did say he was a member of the 101 airborne(helicopter light infantry since 1970s) before the army put him to burying dead guys in a cemetery , however the boys in the turnip truck once again validate the wisdom of Trump's old fashion racism in appealing to his base.
Baghdad garrison for six months before the army put he to burying dead guys in a cemetery

Posted 12 January 2018, 8:05 p.m. Suggest removal

mkdm0 says...

I'm going to have to have a talk with the president, he needs to use more tact when describing s..t holes, every one knows they are Marxist cesspools.

Posted 12 January 2018, 8:06 p.m. Suggest removal

skeptic1 says...

If most of Africa and Haiti are not sh--t holes why are so many wanting to leave to come here? Democrats want depressed third world uneducated and unskilled immigrants to secure their tribal voting block. This faux outrage about racism from cynical, rich, vacuous liberals, is reaching a point to where if everyone is a racist no one is....enough!

Posted 12 January 2018, 8:19 p.m. Suggest removal

mozarky2 says...

I can think of no better terms to describe the places President Trump is referring to, and while we're at it, let's add Little Rock to the list of "s***holes!
Some memorable quotes from some prominent dims:
‘Hymietown.’ — Jesse Jackson’s description of New York City while on the 1984 presidential campaign trail.
“Jews — that’s JOOZ”! — Democratic state representative Bill McKinney on why his daughter Cynthia lost in 2002
“I’ll have those n***ers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.”
— Lyndon B. Johnson to two governors on Air Force One according Ronald Kessler’s Book, “Inside The White House”
“You f***ing Jew b@***rd.” — Hillary Clinton to political operative Paul Fray. This was revealed in “State of a Union: Inside the Complex Marriage of Bill and Hillary Clinton” and has been verified by Paul Fray and three witnesses
“I want to go up to the closest white person and say: ‘You can’t understand this, it’s a black thing’ and then slap him, just for my mental health.”
— Charles Barron, a New York city councilman at a reparations rally, 2002
“Civil rights laws were not passed to protect the rights of white men and do not apply to them.” — Mary Frances Berry, Chairwoman, US Commission on Civil Rights
(I) “will not let the white boys win in this election.” — Donna Brazile, when she was Al Gore’s Campaign Manager on the 2000 election
“The old white boys got taken fair and square.” — San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown after winning an election
“There are white n***ers. I’ve seen a lot of white n***ers in my time.” — Former Klansman and Current US Senator Robert Byrd, a man who is referred to by many Democrats as the “conscience of the Senate” in March of 2001
“The Medicaid system must have been developed by a white male slave owner. It pays for you to be pregnant and have a baby, but it won’t pay for much family planning.” — Jocelyn Elders
The white man is our mortal enemy, and we cannot accept him. I will fight to see that vicious beast go down into the lake of fire prepared for him from the beginning, that he never rise again to give any innocent black man, woman or child the hell that he has delighted in pouring on us for 400 years.” — Louis Farrakhan who campaigned for congresswoman Cynthia McKinney in 2002, City College audience in New York
“There’s no great, white bigot; there’s just about 200 million little white bigots out there.” — USA Today columnist Julienne Malveaux
“We have lost to the white racist press and to the racist reactionary Jewish misleaders.” — Former Rep. Gus Savage (D-Illinois) after his defeat 1992
“White folks was in caves while we was building empires... We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.” — Rev. Al Sharpton in a 1994 speech at Kean College, NJ, cited in “Democrats Do the Dumbest Things
“The white race is the cancer of human history.” — Susan Sontagegin typing here...

Posted 12 January 2018, 8:24 p.m. Suggest removal

RBear says...

Lest anyone think moz came up with this list on his own, a simple Google search reveals he copied and pasted it from a racist site known as Free Republic. That just gives you an idea where he trolls to come up with some of his vitriol. It's not original and when he copies and pastes the hate speech, he becomes a part of the problem. In fact, it's how the Russians were able to amplify their attacks using trolls like him.

Posted 12 January 2018, 8:39 p.m. Suggest removal

wildblueyonder says...

Rbear, how can you criticize anyone for Googling? That's all you do, you've admitted it more times than not. You're a joke!

Posted 12 January 2018, 8:43 p.m. Suggest removal

RBear says...

gohogs, as it oft the case comments fly over your head. Pretty sad when you can't even understand the context of a comment. Go crawl back under your troll bridge.

Posted 13 January 2018, 2:03 a.m. Suggest removal

mozarky2 says...

Trump forgot to mention the democrat-run s***holes right here in America-Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, St. Louis, Los Angeles...

Posted 13 January 2018, 6:31 a.m. Suggest removal

PopMom says...

Mozarky,

The blue states in this country are the richest and the red states are the poorest. When is that going to sink into your head?

Posted 13 January 2018, 7:27 a.m. Suggest removal

TimberTopper says...

moz is a poor mentally challenged individual. His state of mind is the 1940's, and early 50's, and he's not coming out of those great times for anything.

Posted 13 January 2018, 7:41 a.m. Suggest removal

PopMom says...

Mozarky,

Your president does not even understand how our immigration process works. These people are vetted. They have to fill out an application and pay a fee. The Africans we have over here have a median income and median education level above the average American. Put that in your racist hat and smoke it. We've had some problems with immigrants from El Salvador. We may need to look at the vetting process for those immigrants. With respect to the Africans, they seem to be a good lot. Some relatives of the Ghana royal family live in a 1.5 million home down the street from a friend of mine. My kid's french tutor from the Congo speaks 6 languages and works for the Canadian embassy. Our club tennis pro was a tennis star from Ghana. Trump tries to feed you racist stereotypes about these people, but they are false. These are good people.

Rubycat,

Your "spade" comment was racist and abhorrent. I wish we could put you in a time pod back to Nazi Germany where you would fit right in.

Posted 13 January 2018, 8:11 a.m. Suggest removal

23cal says...

Regarding "It's the truth that these countries are sh*tholes."
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It doesn't matter. Whether or not they are sh*tholes isn't what is important here. It isn't the point. The point here is that describing them as such where their leaders get to hear it is unnecessary, counter-productive, and a totally inappropriate thing for this country's leader and top diplomat to do. The USA simply does not describe its partners on the international stage as sh*tholes. It is an incredibly stupid thing to do regardless of its truth because to do so is unnecessary.
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I don't think I can dumb this down enough so the people defending it as "truth" can grasp it, but I will try. If someone with whom you work is ugly and as dumb as a box of rocks, you don't just go up to them and for no reason tell them they are ugly and as dumb as a box of rocks. It will make them harder to work with. Doing so will not create goodwill and better relations. It doesn't matter if it is true; doing so is totally inappropriate.
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If the co-worker example doesn't get through, try using your spouse as an example:
Spouse: Honey, how do I look tonight?
You: Butt-ugly and as dumb as a box of rocks.
Spouse: What?!?!
You: Well, it's true.
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NOW can you see why calling them sh*tholes is really not a great idea regardless of truth?

Posted 13 January 2018, 8:45 a.m. Suggest removal

DerbiRider says...

Well put, 23.

Posted 13 January 2018, 10:07 a.m. Suggest removal

She8416132 says...

"do not recall the president saying these comments specifically."
Tom Cotton is such a politician. He says what he thinks most voters want to hear, but does it in a way that if a tape recording was made and becomes public, Cotton cannot be called a liar. Was he asleep during the meeting? How could he not recall what the President said a day later?

Posted 13 January 2018, 10:56 a.m. Suggest removal

Packman says...

Hey amgoo - You numbnuts. I've never said President Trump didn't call Haiti a sh*thole. Hell, it is a sh*thole. The FACT is a lying narrative was created by conflating separate discussions. Are you really so stupid as to be unable to grasp how "conflation" works?

Posted 13 January 2018, 6:42 p.m. Suggest removal

ARMNAR says...

Nope, Queenie. You're making sh1t up again.

If you couldn't, you'd be mute.

Posted 13 January 2018, 10:01 p.m. Suggest removal

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