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You heard the incendiary remark, now here’s the denial.

Trump, not surprisingly, has denied that he had used inflammatory language, including the word “shithole” at Thursday’s bipartisan immigration meeting. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) was present at that meeting, however, and he confirmed Friday that Trump did refer to Haiti and African countries as “shithole countries.” Talking Points Memo:

“He used these vile and vulgar comments, calling the nations they come from shitholes,” Durbin told reporters Friday morning. “The exact word used by the President. Not just once, but repeatedly.”

“He said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist,” Durbin continued. “I use those words advisably, I understand how powerful they are. … You’ve seen the comments in the press. I’ve not read one of them that’s inaccurate.”

“To no surprise, the President started tweeting this morning, denying that he used those words,” Durbin said. “It is not true. He said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly.”

Durbin said Trump not only called countries in Africa “shithole(s),” but also that he asked, “do we need more Haitians?” That was during a discussion of groups that have temporary protected status in the U.S. due to disasters or political upheaval in their home countries.

Here’s the second lie of Friday morning.

He probably never said, “they all have AIDS,” either. Nor did he ever say about residents of an African country, “They won’t want to go back to their huts.” As to his “wonderful relationship with Haitians” he also has a wonderful relationship with Kim “Rocket Man” Jung Un. Kim has referred to Trump as a “mad dog” and “dotard.” 

Trump has gone from insulting heads of state to writing off entire countries, and now an entire continent. Between Trump’s recklessness and Rex Tillerson gutting the State Department and firing diplomats, it will be a wonder if the United States has any standing left in the global community when the Trump regime is finally ousted. 

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