Fox News host Jesse Watters defended President Donald Trump’s reported “shithole” comment Thursday night by claiming other people speak that way.
“If it’s true, this is how the forgotten men and women of America talk at the bar,” Watters said on the network’s show The Five.
“If you’re in a bar, and you’re in Wisconsin, and you’re thinking they’re bringing in a bunch of Haiti people or El Salvadorians [sic] or people from Niger, this is how some people talk,” he continued.
During an Oval Office meeting on Thursday, President Trump—in reference to immigrants from Haiti and countries in Africa—allegedly asked lawmakers: “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” The Washington Post reported. He then asked why America doesn't have more immigrants from “countries like Norway.”
The White House released a statement soon after that did not deny the remarks, but Trump tweeted Friday morning to declare the report false.
"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!" he said.
Trump’s alleged comments have brought both backlash and approval from news outlets.
CNN host Don Lemon appeared on the network Thursday night with a striking opener: “This is CNN Tonight. I’m Don Lemon. The president of the United States is a racist. A lot of us already knew that.”
Tucker Carlson, a Fox News host, tweeted insinuating his agreement with the president. "Option A: El Salvador isn't a 'shithole,' so they don't need 17 years of Temporary Protected Status, and migrants from there should be sent home immediately. Option B: El Salvador is, in fact, a 'shithole.'"
Watters continued with his defense of Trump’s comment, his rationale being “this is who Trump is.”
“This is how Trump relates to people," he said. "Is it graceful? No. Is it polite or delicate? Absolutely not. Is it a little offensive? Of course it is. But you know what? This doesn’t move the needle at all. This is who Trump is."
He continued: "There’s so many more offensive things that are happening in this world.”
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