December 1, 2022

Republicans just said Sen. Durbin lied about Trump saying “shithole.” His response is brutal

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Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) responded through a spokesman this afternoon to the Republican Senators who attended the same immigration meeting where President Trump made his disturbingly racist comments regarding “shithole countries” and who are now publicly claiming that they never heard those words uttered.


Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) both appeared on morning news shows today and essentially called Senator Durbin a liar in his public characterization of the President’s comments, despite the fact that their Republican colleague Senator Lindsey Graham, who was also in the meeting with them, has refused to deny the reports. They also ignored the reports that Trump called his friends after the meeting to brag about his comments.

Ben Marter, the communications director for Senator Durbin, sent out this tweet after the GOP senators made their accusations public.

The shifting stories from the Republican participants in the meeting, Senator Graham being the only exception, indicate a coordinated plan to discredit their political opponent, truth be damned.

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In addition to the two Senators lying on his behalf, Trump sent out his new Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, to appear on Fox News Sunday to reinforce his denials. 

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“I don’t recall him saying that exact phrase,” Nielsen said. “I think he has been clear, and I think undoubtedly the president will continue to use strong language when it comes to this issue, because he feels very passionate about it.”

It’s amazing that Republicans can hold a job, considering how faulty their memories are. Still the Secretary did not deny that Trump said the word “shithole,” just that she didn’t recall him using the exact phrase “shithole countries.” Ben Marter responded to Nielsen’s defense of the President with a withering tweet.

Durbin’s spokesman then suggested that Secretary Nielsen may be in for some questioning in a far less friendly environment than she faced on Fox News in the days ahead.

With Senator Durbin being a member of the Judiciary Committee, that questioning should make for some particularly interesting testimony. Stay tuned for details.

Vinnie Longobardo

is the Managing Editor of Washington Press and a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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