After initially not denying that he used the word ‘shithole’ at a meeting to describe Haiti, EL Salvador, and every single African nation, and even having his aide issue a statement that did not deny the use of the word, Donald Trump later started vigorously denying it, although Democratic senator Dick Durbin and Republican senators Jeff Flake and Lindsey Graham confirmed his use of it. Trump accused Durbin of lying and was supported by two Republican senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue who said that he had never uttered the word.
It now turns out that Cotton’s and Perdue’s rebuttal of Durbin was because they claim they heard Trump use the word ‘shithouse’ instead of ‘shithole’, which as everyone knows, makes all the difference when it comes to racist language in describing countries. This context should be borne in mind in evaluating the statement by Homeland Security secretary Kristjen Nielsen that she did not hear him use the word ‘shithole’. It looks like we have to give these Trump defenders a list of all the possible equivalents of the word.
These people have no shame.
Seth Meyers comments on this ridiculous parsing of words and Trump’s absurd claim that he is the least racist person.