Cotton is a snake, a liar! Get out to my people’s party!
WASHINGTON — It was just after President Trump had finished railing in the Oval Office against African immigrants he said came from “shithole countries” when a senior Republican senator, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who was there to negotiate a deal on immigration, spoke up.
“America is an idea, not a race,” Mr. Graham said, according to three people familiar with the exchange on Thursday. Diversity was a strength, he said, not a weakness. And by the way, the senator added, he himself was a descendant of immigrants who came to the United States from “shithole countries with no skills.”
Mr. Trump’s racially charged comments in front of more than half a dozen lawmakers, which also extended to immigrants from Haiti — followed by a day in which members of Congress denounced the president, defended him or stayed silent — now threaten what had been an emerging agreement to protect undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.
Several people with knowledge of the conversation said the president had also demanded to know whether Haitian immigrants could be left out of any deal. The White House has not disputed the account of the exchange.
The collapse of negotiations on an immigration deal would raise the risk of a government shutdown next week, given that many Democrats have said such an agreement must be included in any measure to continue funding the government past a Jan. 19 deadline.
Donald Trump definitely called African countries “shitholes” and insisted he’d prefer immigration to the United States from places like Norway. There’s no way he didn’t. He’s Donald Trump, lifelong racist, multiple news outlets confirmed that he said it, and several senators who heard him say it have now confirmed it too.
Nevertheless, Republican Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue, both of whom were in the room when Trump reportedly made the comments, are insisting that they just can’t quite remember if the president called another country a shithole.
We do not recall the president saying those comments specifically but what he did call out was the imbalance in our current immigration system, which does not protect American workers and our national interest.
Because the president insisting he wants immigrants from a predominantly white country over those from a predominantly black continent is definitely the kind of thing you forget. Sure thing, guys.
It’d be one thing if the senators had the balls to simply lie and deny that it ever happened. But this attempt to save face and say they can’t remember is as insulting to us as it is embarrassing to them—especially when the account has been confirmed over and over again.