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Fox News Host Defends Trump’s ‘Shithole’ Comment, Says The ‘Forgotten Man’ Will Appreciate It

Fox News host Jesse Watters defended Donald Trump’s remark calling Haiti, El Salvador and some African nations “shithole” countries on Thursday, arguing that the “forgotten men and women” who make up Trump’s base would approve of the remark.

On Fox News’s “The Five,” Watters fought back against criticism from Democrats and some Republicans over Trump’s remark, which some have deemed racist and offensive to immigrants from those nations.

“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 Salvadorans, 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 concluded.

Trump faced heavy criticism from both parties on Thursday after The Washington Post reported that he had referred to Haiti and some African nations as “shithole” countries during a heated meeting with lawmakers on immigration.

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.

In December, The New York Times reported Trump once suggested Haitian immigrants “all have AIDS,” and Nigerian immigrants would never “go back to their huts” if granted entrance to the U.S.

The White House swiftly denied that report at the time, calling the claims “outrageous.”

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Nicole James is a lifelong Democrat and political activist who first cut her teeth as a teenager volunteering for Mike Dukakis’ presidential campaign. She has worked and volunteered for John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, HFA (Hillary For America) and Organizing For Action. She’s passionate about liberal and progressive causes, and considers President Obama her most favorite president ever. She holds her Bachelor’s from Boston College and her Master’s from Columbia University, both in Economics. When not working as a writer, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her three teenagers.

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