Tuesday, January 16, 2018

DID TRUMP SAY "SHITHOLE COUNTRIES" OR "SHITHOUSE COUNTRIES"? DOES IT MATTER?

Senators Perdue and Cotton
As you may or may not know, Sen Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) at first stated they "do not recall" Trump using the term "shithole countries" during the bipartisan immigration meeting in the White House. After recovering their memories, the two senators disputed the leaked information by stating that Trump said "shithouse countries" rather than "shithole countries".

After the first leak about Trump's comments, Sen Richard Durbin (D-IL), who was not the original leaker, stated that Trump did indeed use the term "shithole countries", and Sen Lindsey Graham (R-SC) confirmed Durbin's account.
Sen Richard Durbin

Why Cotton and Perdue continue to choose to split the hair between "shithole" and "shithouse" to deny what Trump said is a mystery to me. Do the senators believe the term "shithouse countries" is acceptable? Their denials are ludicrous. Anyone with a functional brain knows the two are lying.

The shell of the State Department that remains under Rex Tillerson and the Trump maladministration is left to deal with the wreckage of the blowback as US ambassadors and diplomats around the world are summoned to explain Trump's comments.

That's not to mention that Trump, who brags often about his love and support of the military, made reckless comments that endanger members of the US military who serve in the "shithole countries".

The latest tweet from Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News:
For what its worth, here's new spin from source very close to WH: When Trump said "shit house" countries (not "shit hole") at immigration meeting, he was actually thinking about real estate.
You can't make this shit up. I detect a ring of truth in the latest spin, at least the real estate part, because making money from real estate is never far from Trump's mind.

UPDATE: It gets worse according to the Washington Post. Read it all for an insider view of how Chief of Staff John Kelly operates. He's not the man who will save America from Trump.
But some White House officials, including conservative adviser Stephen Miller, feared that Graham and Durbin would try to trick Trump into signing a bill that was damaging to him and would hurt him with his political base. As word trickled out Thursday morning on Capitol Hill that Durbin and Graham were heading over to the White House, legislative affairs director Marc Short began to make calls to lawmakers and shared many of Miller’s concerns.

Soon, Goodlatte, one of the more conservative House members on immigration, was headed to the White House. Trump also called House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and asked him to come, McCarthy said. Sens. David Perdue (R-Ga.) and Cotton were also invited to rush over.

6 comments:

  1. The lameness of the refutation, which changes nothing, after both of them said they couldn't remember what was said only pours oil on the dumpster fire. You have to wonder why they'd have told such a little, ineffective lie when they could have told a big one. Only, there were witnesses.

    They and the people who created Trump and put him into office have turned this country into a sewer.

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    1. I posted pretty much the same info on my Facebook page, and one of my readers gave me a much needed laugh by reminding me that which word Trump used does matter because when he was growing up his gang used "shithole" as an adjective, as in "shithole countries" and "shithouse" as a noun. Trump is such a stickler for proper grammar that I wondered if I should change my headline, but since it consists of two questions, I think an edit is not necessary.

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  2. No matter what these distinguished fools say now, they are, clearly, what my mother would have labelled poor white trash, by which she meant ignorant bigots lacking both grace and thought and possessing nothing but malice toward anyone different from themselves ... and the more money these individuals have (billionaire or not) the more "correct" they believe themselves to be ... it is the White House that is turning into an outhouse, not the countries Trump and his stoolies so detest.

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  3. More evidence of unfitness for Office, even though his Military Doctor says that he is in robust health and has good mental facilities. But he is advised to eat less fast food and get more exercise - by this, I presume more Golf and less of the titter account, because he causes so many to titter as his rants.

    It is unbelievable that he is allowed to get away with it - where is the moral courage of the politicians who are in a position to get him out?

    The world is a more dangerous place, just because he can threaten the peace of so many places, by a short few disgusting words.

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  4. Dr Ronny Jackson, the White House physician, said Trump's results on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment test were excellent, 30 out of 30 correct, as were his results from the physicsl tests. Jackson also said he has never heard Trump repeat himself. One of my Facebook friends said the doctor needs to watch more TV.

    Since Trump's cognitive assessment test results are normal, I no longer have to feel guilty about calling him a narcissistic, ignorant, cruel, asshole.

    Who am I to second guess the White House physician, but his press briefing yesterday seemed very much like a performance. Keep in mind, Jackson can tell us only what Trump allows him to say about his medical condition, because medical records are private.

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  5. The BBC used the same test online for people to try for themselves. It seems that I got a perfect score without really trying, not doubt so did the others who tried it out. Such a simple test doesn't test very much in my view. He needs a full mental capacity assessment by a panel of experts.

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