Either Word Makes Trump's Remarks Racist
The White House and several Republican Senators who were in the Oval Office when President Trump made his racist remarks about African nations and Haiti think he didn't call them "shithole countries" as originally reported, but "shithouse countries."
There is no difference in the degree of racism the president's remarks hold.
A "White House official told me tonight there is debate internally on whether Trump said 'shithole' or 'shithouse,'" Washington Post White House reporter Josh Dawsey said on Twitter. GOP Senators "Perdue and Cotton seem to have heard latter, this person said, and are using to deny." Dawsey is the reporter who broke the story of Trump's racist remarks last week.
Senator David Perdue and Senator Tom Cotton issued a joint statement nearly a day after Trump's remarks, insisting they “do not recall the President saying those comments specifically.”
They did not state what they thought the president had said.
Senator Perdue went so far as to appear on ABC's "This Week" to claim "shithole" was a "gross misrepresentation" of Trump's remarks.
.@sendavidperdue tells @GStephanopoulos reports of President Trump’s use of a slur in the Oval Office are “a gross misrepresentation…people forget that just two days earlier this president, in an open meeting with media in there for almost an hour, debated this with both sides.” pic.twitter.com/mSf6XWpAZY— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) January 14, 2018
Other reporters are now confirming Trump may have said "shithouse" not "shithole."
On ABC, @RichLowry says, "My understanding from the meeting: He used a different but very closely related vulgarity. He said S-house, and not S-hole. ... But the general remarks, yes, he said them. ... The general tenor of the discussion has been reported accurately."— Will Saletan (@saletan) January 14, 2018
This is actually a debate now.
Bottom line: Trump's remarks were racist and offensive. Period.
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