Guest Post, Two Republican senators have come down with a case of “shithole”-related amnesia

Tom Cotton and David Perdue were in the room yesterday. They claim not to “recall” Trump’s comments.

By Andrew  Jan 12, 2018, 2:25pm EST

Two Republican senators who attended yesterday’s meeting in which President Trump reportedly disparaged immigrants from “shithole countries” seem to have come down with a case of amnesia.

In a joint statement this afternoon, Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) wrote that they “do not recall the President saying those comments specifically” — but conspicuously didn’t outright deny that he said them.

Since Trump’s comments were confirmed by multiple other sources who attended the meeting or quickly heard about it, Cotton and Perdue’s statement doesn’t pass the laugh test. Indeed, it seems to be an unusually craven attempt to deny reality and curry favor with the president.

Trump’s “shithole” remark was first reported by the Washington Post’s Josh Dawsey on Thursday afternoon. Per “several people briefed” on an Oval Office meeting Trump held with lawmakers that day, Dawsey wrote, Trump asked, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?”

Dawsey’s report quickly drew an enormous amount of attention. And through Thursday night, Trump never denied making the comments, despite tweeting on several other topics. (Per NBC News, Trump was calling friends and allies to attempt to gauge how his comments would be received.)

Finally, by Friday morning, Trump appeared to conclude that the comments were politically inconvenient for him, and hazily denied them. “This was not the language used,” he tweeted.

Others in the room, however, tell a very different story.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), who attended the meeting with Trump, has publicly confirmed that “he said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly.”Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) told the Post and Courier that his South Carolina colleague Sen. Lindsey Graham, who attended the meeting, told him Trump’s reported comments were “basically accurate.”And Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who also didn’t attend the meeting, told the Washington Post he heard about Trump’s comments before they went public, and they matched the later reports.

Meanwhile, other Republican attendees of the meeting, like Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL), have simply remained silent on the matter or tried to dodge the question, rather than outright denying it.

It is only Cotton and Perdue who are now publicly claiming to be unable to “recall” what would seem to be very memorable comments in a meeting they both attended just yesterday.

If true, it’s worrying that two US senators have been stricken with such a devastating memory-related malady, and I hope they find the help they need.

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Comment by Maui Surfer on January 13, 2018 at 9:56am

Imagine, you are cotton-picker or chicken man perdue, and you can never, ever see the coast of either side of the continent save the river in DC and Mar-a-Lago. Everywhere else you go mass protests await and then follow your every move. Of course, maybe they really love it so much in the "Heartland" that they don't care ... they seem hick enough for that, though, if we are honest, New England is the "Heartland" of America ... and the actual source of the genesis of all these problems. Fucking Catholic Hating Pilgrims.

Comment by moki ikom on January 13, 2018 at 12:14pm

Senator Cotton is one of his ilk’s highly ranked odiferous ideological components.  He does not shun heat from warlords’ kitchens.  His lifelong ambition has been to become an essential ingredient to their subduing Humanity.  Paraphrasing Tommy Guns’ subdued and tamed  stammering: “We drive them to the ground and choke them out. Bare handed is the funnest but so is my boot heel,“ adding, “Don’t always kill them. They can be further terrorized to be useful to US. So let them rise to their knees, begging to be spared their and loved ones' lives. Then, if you want, you accept their surrender.”

Comment by moki ikom on January 13, 2018 at 1:01pm

Surfer, that’s an interesting obervation about Pilgrims.  Maybe we can pick a few from this 113th Congress pdf list: page 1/14 has Tommy Gun’s religion listed as Methodist, Rep. David Perdue made the 114th Congress list

Faith on the Hill, 113th Congress


Faith on the Hill, 114th Congress

JANUARY 5, 2015 Members of Congress: Religious Affiliations The tables below list the religious affiliation of each of the members to be sworn into the 114th Congress on Jan. 6, 2015. Data were compiled by CQ Roll Call and the Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project. For analysis of the findings, see the full report

David Perdue Republican Georgia Senate Methodist

info from: Pew Research Center Religion & Public Life


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