Claims of Trump Saying "S***hole Countries" Collapse When Witness Is Under Oath


You would think the sky was falling, judging by the hysteria and hand-wringing shown by the mainstream media over the last several days.

Networks like CNN dedicated hours of airtime to sanctimoniously lecture Donald Trump — and America — about how shocking it was for him to use a bluntly accurate word during a closed-door meeting.

At the same time, of course, they repeated the same “rude” word over and over, even directly using it to describe the president of the United States. Now, it looks like the entire pandering kerfuffle may have been for naught.

Several lawmakers who were in the meeting on immigration have denied that Trump even said the infamous “s**thole” word — and now a person in one of the most respected positions in Washington has stated under oath that she never heard the president utter the phrase.

“During Tuesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen said she did not hear President Donald Trump use the incendiary language,” reported Independent Journal Review.

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“When asked if the president referred to Haiti and African nations as ‘s**thole countries’ during an immigration meeting at the White House, Nielsen replied: ‘I did not hear that word used,'” continued the report.

It’s worth reiterating that Nielsen was under oath at the time, and has no good reason to risk her entire career over making a false claim.

It is also important to point out that CNN and the rest of the media constantly reported Trump’s alleged word as total fact, calling him a racist without waiting for confirmation or even considering that they might be spreading hearsay instead of truth.

“The conversation was very impassioned. I don’t dispute that the president was using tough language. Others in the room were also using tough language,” Secretary Nielsen explained, while still denying that she ever heard the “s**thole” comment.

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Other people present in the meeting, including U.S. Army Ranger and Iraq veteran Rep. Tom Cotton, have also denied hearing Trump say the word in question.

Cotton directly called out one of the few lawmakers who made the claim, Democrat Dick Durbin. The Republican criticized Durbin as having “a history of misrepresenting what happens in White House meetings,” according to IJR.

President Trump himself has acknowledged that he used rough language during the heated meeting, but said that he did not use the word being repeated by the media, and certainly did not mean to slight people or races. He was referring to troubled and crime-ridden locations.

At the end of the day, that’s the real point to this entire “scandal”: Regardless of the specific words used in the meeting, there is no denying that places like Haiti and El Salvador do have deep problems.

No honest person disputes that there is truth to what Trump was trying to say, yet the media has flown into a fit of faux outrage because someone dared to say out loud what everyone already knew.

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There’s nothing “racist” about wanting to make sure that the people accepted into America are the most prepared for success, able to quickly assimilate, and ready to boost the country instead of becoming a burden.

Wishing to aid people in places like Haiti or Africa is noble, but ignoring reality helps nobody. There are places in the world that are dangerous, excremental messes — and no matter what word you use, the truth can be seen by anyone who actually looks.

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Benjamin Arie is an independent journalist and writer. He has personally covered everything ranging from local crime to the U.S. president as a reporter in Michigan before focusing on national politics. Ben frequently travels to Latin America and has spent years living in Mexico.