“Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?” —Senator Dick Durbin, claiming to cite private comments of President Donald Trump
“The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used.” —President Donald Trump, denying use of the word “s***hole” to describe Haiti and other countries.
“I agree that President Trump is not a racist. He has done so much.” —Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on the occasion of Trump’s making the Martin Luther King Jr. historic site in Atlanta into the first national park to be named after an African-American man
Durbin’s Doubtful Claims: Should They Really Be Taken Seriously?
According to The Washington Post, Senator Dick Durbin—in reference to his singular claim of Trump’s labeling of some third-world nations as “s***hole countries”—made the following pronouncement: “I cannot believe that, in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday.” Yet, not even two years prior to Trump’s alleged remarks, President Barack Obama, in verifiable remarks, called Libya a s***hole—or, more precisely, a “s***show,” in private comments reported by The Atlantic Monthly in Jeffrey Goldberg’s April 2016 article, “The Obama Doctrine”:
“‘So we actually executed this [Libyan] plan as well as I could have expected: We got a UN mandate, we built a coalition, it cost us $1 billion—which, when it comes to military operations, is very cheap. We averted large-scale civilian casualties, we prevented what almost surely would have been a prolonged and bloody civil conflict. And despite all that, Libya is a mess.’
“Mess is the president’s diplomatic term; privately, he calls Libya a ‘shit show,’ in part because it’s subsequently become an ISIS haven—one that he has already targeted with air strikes. It became a shit show, Obama believes, for reasons that had less to do with American incompetence than with the passivity of America’s allies and with the obdurate power of tribalism.”
So, by Hollywood media standards, is President Obama not proving his own racism by making such remarks? If there were no double-standard, then the Democrat partisan media should have painted Obama the same way they now propose to smear President Trump. But, of course, there is a double-standard. And Dick Durbin knows that the media will defend him, due to his being a fellow traveler and member of the Democrat Party.
Dishonest Dick Durbin Has Lied Before
Clearly, Dick Durbin is an inveterate liar. In 2013, Politico reported another instance of Durbin’s political slander: “In a ‘negotiation’ meeting with the president [according to Durbin], one GOP House Leader told [President Barack Obama]: ‘I cannot even stand to look at you.’ . . . However, both the White House and the House speaker’s office denied Durbin’s account of events. Asked about the post in the White House daily briefing, press secretary Jay Carney said he checked with a participant of the meeting in question. ‘I looked into this and spoke with somebody who was in that meeting and it did not happen,’ Carney said.” The current accusation against President Trump is the same dishonest behavior as before, when Durbin lied about his meeting with President Obama.
Here we have two presidential meetings in which Durbin has lied about what a Republican has said. The Democrat-aligned media, however, have made no effort to remind Americans of Senator Durbin’s penchant for mendacity. (Of course, even the Minority Leader of the Senate, Chuck Schumer, lies, backing up Durbin’s obvious deception by tweeting, “To impugn @SenatorDurbin’s integrity is disgraceful. Whether you agree with him on the issues or not, he is one of the most honorable members of the Senate.” Schumer makes this assertion, despite the fact that he knows Durbin to be a serial liar.
The Truth about Presidential Cursing
Also, it is beyond dishonest for Senator Dick Durbin to say that he “cannot believe that, in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken [curse] words . . . .” After all, Durbin cannot so quickly have forgotten Obama’s Atlantic Monthly comments. And, in case of the unlikelihood that Durbin were unfamiliar with them, he certainly could not have been unaware of President Barack Obama’s own well-deserved reputation for having a potty-mouth—as reported by Claire Suddath for Time Magazine, in “A Brief History of Political Profanity.”
And how about Vice President Joe Biden’s now-legendary dirty mouth? Biden, who bears the sobriquet “Uncle Joe” in an effort to excuse his inappropriate words and advances before they occur, often made off-color remarks that were readily dismissed by President Obama, like the time Biden, according to Time Magazine, “was a little too candid about how the Democratic Party could face major political repercussions in 2010 for its support of the $900 billion economic-stimulus package. He said the line while recalling a White House meeting with President Obama and senior aides—something that probably wasn’t expected to leave the room. The White House later dismissed the remark, with Obama quipping at a press conference, ‘I don’t remember exactly what Joe was referring to, not surprisingly.’”
Obama’s so-called “quip” might be an honest remark, and then again it might not be, but if the media were willing to give Obama the benefit of the doubt, then why not do the same for President Trump—or for Senator David Perdue, who was in the room with Trump and Durbin at the time of Trump’s comment? Perdue told Newsmax TV, “I honestly don’t remember . . . s***hole countries” being said by President Trump. Perdue’s comments are backed up by Senator Tom Cotton, who has also said that Durbin is lying.
If History Be Our Guide, Then Salty Mouths Are Indeed Presidential
Although Barack Obama had a saltier mouth than Donald Trump, it was perhaps President Harry Truman’s reputation for nonstop cursing, day-in and day-out, that is most well-known as far as presidential cursing goes. However, Rolling Stone’s article entitled “A Brief History of Presidential Profanity: From Lincoln to LBJ, Dirty Words Are Nothing New in the White House” (https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/lists/a-brief-history-of-presidential-profanity-20121210/harry-truman-19691231) makes it pretty obvious that, when it comes to salty talk, Trump does not come close to many other chief executives.
More on Durbin’s History of Dissembling
“I cannot imagine that, in the history of [the Oval Office], that hallowed room, where the president of the United States goes to work every day, there has ever been a conversation quite like that. It was vile, it was hateful, it was racist,” Durbin complained, according to the Chicago Sun Times. Furthermore, Senator Durbin added, “I said to [Trump] that that term, ‘chain migration,’ was so hurtful to so many people, particularly to African-Americans, who remind us that they migrated to America in chains. He said, ‘That’s a good line,’ dismissing it.” However, Dick Durbin has, prior to his current claims that Trump is a racist for using the term “chain migration,” used the very same language himself. So, why is it “racist” for Trump to use these words, but not racist for Durbin? Here is precisely what Dick Durbin has had to say about “chain migration”—which also makes it quite clear that he understands the word “chain” to refer to a chain of people, and not the chains worn by black slaves: “The DREAM Act would not allow what is known as chain migration,” Durbin said. “In fact, DREAM Act students would have very limited ability to sponsor their family members for legal status.” Therefore, by Durbin’s own claim, he himself must be purposely using words that are “hurtful to so many people, particularly to African-Americans.” How “vile,” “hateful,” and “racist” Dick Durbin must be!
Piling On: RINO Senator Lindsey Graham Takes Umbrage
Senator Lindsey Graham, one of the leading RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) of the Senate, also released a statement about Trump’s alleged remarks, saying that he appreciated the comments made by Senator Durbin. However, what exactly has Senator Graham himself said about other countries in the past? According to Breitbart News, “Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)—who says he corrected President Trump when he allegedly made a comment about African countries being a ‘shithole’—made a similar comment in 2013, calling Mexico and other Central American countries a ‘hellhole.’ Graham, in 2013, said during a Senate panel discussion that Mexico and other countries the majority of illegal aliens are deriving from are a ‘hellhole.’ Graham said at the time: ‘The people coming across the southern border live in hellholes. They don’t like that. They want to come here. Our problem is we can’t have everybody in the world who lives in a hellhole come to America.’” It would seem that opportunities for the hypocritical smearing of others exist in abundance in the US Senate.
Can Anyone Say “Barack Obama Is a Big Fat Hypocrite”?
Although Obama has made a verifiable statement, in “The Obama Doctrine,” that the country of Libya was a “s***show,” he seems to think it is a good idea to throw stones at Trump from the glass house of profanity in which he resides. According to CNN, “During a conversation with David Letterman on his new Netflix program, former President Barack Obama issued a stern warning for the current commander in chief: ‘One of the things that Michelle figured out, in some ways faster than I did, was part of your ability to lead the country doesn’t have to do with legislation, doesn’t have to do with regulations, it has to do with shaping attitudes, shaping culture, increasing awareness.’ Although Obama was extremely hesitant about directly commenting about President Donald Trump, the message he sent was clear. And it comes in the wake of the upsetting news that during a private meeting with legislators at the White House, President Trump referred to African nations as ‘shithole countries.’”
Additionally, it should not be forgotten that Obama—not even 25 months prior to Trump’s alleged “s***hole countries” remark—actually gave the use of vulgar language a strong endorsement, at least according to an article dated December 31, 2015, entitled “President Obama’s Strong Endorsement of Swearing”.
According to the The Washington Post, Obama has admitted his propensity for vulgar language: “‘I curse. I curse. . . . Bad stuff, or stupid stuff, is happening constantly, right? Every day. So you have to be able to just make fun of a lot of that. Like “that was even dumber and more annoying than usual.” That’s when cursing is really valuable.’ . . . But it is still somewhat interesting to see the leader of the free world not only admitting he curses frequently, but that he endorses the practice as a stress-reliever.”
Why Durbin’s Accusation of Racism Is Both Dishonest & Predictable
According to The Washington Examiner, Rand Paul has reported that, before Trump was president, he funded Paul’s $14 million dollar mission to Haiti to treat people’s eye problems there. Paul said on NBC’s “Meet The Press” that Citizen Donald Trump donated money to fund a trip Paul undertook to perform about 200 surgeries on Haitians to restore their eyesight: “It is unfair to draw conclusions from a remark that I think wasn’t constructive is the least we can say and I think it is unfair to all of a sudden, paint him, well, [as if] he’s a racist, when I know for a fact he cares very deeply about the people in Haiti because he helped to finance a trip, we were able to give vision back for 200 people in Haiti.” Racist individuals do not help black- or brown-skinned people medically, instead reserving their help for white people alone. The Democrat-aligned media know all of this about Trump, against whom they never complained once when it came to race relations or racial attitudes, until he ran for office as a Republican. Then, suddenly, Trump’s every word became scrutinized and twisted against him.
Of course, Trump denounced Durbin’s hateful accusation, maintaining he did not make the comments Durbin accused him of. In actuality, President Trump has probably helped many more black people through direct employment than Durbin ever has by making laws. In fact, President Trump once helped a black ex-boxer, William Campudoni, by hiring him right off the street.
William Campudoni: A Living Testament to Trump’s Goodheartedness & the Media’s Sins of Omission
According to Campudoni’s story, Trump put his employees first and treated them like members of his own family. He claims that the “accusations” that Trump is a racist are not true. William Campudoni, a boxer facing homelessness, was looking for work when Donald Trump hired him. “I grew up in Spanish Harlem, very poor,” recounts Campudoni. “At the age of twenty-two, I was on the brink of being homeless. I remember one night on Christmas Eve, I walked into Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, and I said, ‘God, please give me a purpose.’ As I exited, I walked down Fifth Avenue, and there was this gorgeous building. I walked inside, and I said, ‘I’m looking for work.’ The next day, Trump hired me—off the street! He gave me five navy-blue suits, he shook my hand, and he said, ‘Welcome to the family.’ I remember the night I was assigned to drive Mr. Trump to a meeting. I dropped him off, and as he’s getting out of the car, he said to me, ‘Could I bring you a steak? Because I’m going to be in there for quite a while.’ Who am I for him to stop his meeting to bring me something to eat? You know, I hear these accusations [of racism], but let me tell you firsthand [that] he employed people from all origins. We were all treated like family. And I remember that, and I admired him for that. He put us all first. He once gave me a personal letter expressing just how proud he was of me. . . . Along with a few mementos in life, this letter was the one that gave me the most inspiration. These words [that Trump wrote in the letter], they have been a constant reminder of how much I have been appreciated. . . .”
Of course, there was never a single report about William Campudoni on CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, or any other Democrat-owned and Democrat-operated news network—thus the reason so many Americans refer to them as “fake news.” But Campudoni’s autobiographical story is real and true. It is the kind of thing Americans need to know about our president. But, the Left’s hypocrisy, along with its double-standard for conservative Republicans, is alive and well in America’s s***hole media.
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