Fox News host Jesse Watters defended President Trump’s reported comments referring to African nations and Haiti as “shithole countries” during Thursday’s episode of “The Five,” arguing that this is how “the forgotten men and women” talk.
“This is how the forgotten men and women of America talk at the bar,” Watters told his co-hosts. “If you’re at a bar, and you’re in Wisconsin, and you think they’re bringing in a bunch of Haiti people, or El Salvadoreans, or people from Niger, this is how some people talk.”
“Is it graceful? No,” he added. “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, and if he offends some people, fine,” Watters finished.
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The Hill added:
The remarks were met with mixed reactions from Watters’ fellow hosts, including Juan Williams, who could be seen looking disgusted near the end of the clip.
Trump sparked bipartisan outrage on Thursday after The Washington Post reported that he had referred to Haiti and some African nations as “shithole” countries during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform.
The White House issued a statement in response to the story, but did not deny Trump’s use of the term.
“Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,” White House spokesman Raj Shah said without denying the comments.