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Durbin Praises Lindsey Graham For Confronting Trump Over ‘Sh*thole’ Remarks: ‘I Respect Him So Much’

Following reports that President Donald Trump called immigrants from Haiti and African nations “people from shithole countries” during an immigration meetings, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) has repeatedly insisted that Trump indeed made those comments. While other GOP lawmakers who attended that meeting have said that Trump remarks have been misrepresented and he didn’t say those exact words, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has seemingly backed up Durbin’s account, adding that he said his piece to Trump at the meeting.

In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Durbin praised Graham for standing up to Trump and pushing back against the president’s description of other countries. The way Durbin describes it, it was an “extraordinary moment.”

After confirming to Tapper that Trump repeated the term shithole “over and over again” and that it was clear he was talking about African countries, Durbin hit back against the GOP senators who claim he’s essentially lying about what Trump said.

“I stand by every word I said,” the Illinois lawmaker stated. “Senator Cotton and Senator Purdue should remember a word as gross as that in the course of the conversation with the President of the United States.”

Durbin then went on to recount how Graham lectured the president about his vulgar remarks while pointing out that the Republican senator made sure to repeat Trump’s words to highlight what he said:

“After the president made these outrageous statements, with these vulgarities, I was sitting to the left of Lindsey, Lindsey was sitting closer to the president than we’re sitting, he turned to him and addressed that directly. Directly. And what I thought was one of the best statements about immigration policy in America that I’ve ever heard. He explicitly repeated that vulgarity so that there was clear why he was making this statement, and told him since — I want to say it again publicly, I respect him so much for speaking out. I think it had added importance that the member of the president’s own party would be that explicit in standing up for what I think is a value that most Americans have to share.”

Asked by Tapper what Graham said to the president, Durbin noted that Graham told POTUS that America is not about where you come from. Instead, it is about aspirational ideals and people wanting to be a part of America’s future.

“And he said my family was from one of those s-hole countries,” Durbin added. “He used the word himself.”

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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