Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on Friday that he scolded President Donald Trump over alleged remarks that he made about “s***hole” countries on Thursday — which is ironic considering Graham made a similar statement in 2013 about Latin American nations.
During a 2013 Senate panel meeting, Graham referred to Mexico and other countries that are flooding the United States with illegal aliens as “hellholes.”
“I don’t know how many security people we have along the Canadian border — I doubt it’s 21,000,” Graham said. “Why are we okay up there and not okay to the south?”
“The tale of two borders,” Graham continued. “Why is one a problem and the other is not?”
“Because Canada is a place where people like to stay, they like Canada, we like Canada,” Graham said. “We love to have them visit, they want to go home, because it’s a nice place.”
It was at this point where Graham made his “hellhole” remarks.
“The people coming across the southern border live in hellholes,” Graham said. “They don’t like that. They want to come here. Our problem is we can’t have everybody in the world who lives in a hellhole come [into] America. We’re just gonna have to create order out of chaos. So, you’ve gotta do something on the southern border you don’t do on the northern border, but if you don’t agree that the difference is jobs, then we just don’t agree. There are 11 million people coming through the southern border ’cause they come from countries where they can’t find work and life is miserable.”
Shortly after Graham’s remarks, then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) interjected and said that Graham’s characterization of Mexico as a whole was not accurate and that there are many good people in Mexico.