Former reality TV star Donald Trump has found himself in the difficult position of having to determine the fate of the Dreamers and the course of America’s immigration policy. In a clear indication of how he really feels about prospective immigrants who are non-white, Trump reportedly referred to Haiti and African countries as “shitholes” during a White House discussion.
Trump’s White House did not attempt to deny that he used that slur. However, Trump surrogate Paris Dennard went on CNN afterwards and made the baseless claim that the report was fake and that Trump never actually used the offensive term. CNN host Burnett took Dennard to task for this “fake news” allegation.
During the discussion inside the White House about immigration, President Trump reportedly said, “Haiti? Why do we want people from Haiti here? Take them out.” He followed this up with the instantly infamous statement, “Why do we want these people from all these shithole countries here? We should have more people from places like Norway.” White House spokesperson Raj Shah did not claim that Trump did not make the “shithole” comment, instead saying lamely that the president “is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation.”
Dedicated Trump surrogate Paris Dennard, however, did not buy that the “shithole” remark was real. During a discussion on CNN about the comment, Dennard said, “I think it’s hard to defend something that is unsubstantiated and based off of –” Host Erin Burnett interrupted him, stating, “OK, OK, OK, I gotta jump in right here because that defense isn’t going to work tonight, Paris. They aren’t denying it. And they denied everything else. They denied everything in the Michael Wolff book. They denied when he said Nigerians lived in huts and all Haitians had AIDS. They denied those things. They’re not denying this. There were a lot of people in the room, you can’t hide behind that.” Are you glad Erin Burnett hit back at Paris for his ridiculous claim? Watch the full clip below: