On Thursday, the news cycle erupted over a report claiming President Donald Trump referred to some African countries as "s***holes." The media went into meltdown mode, calling Trump a racist, a white nationalist, and a terrorist; CNN shed a lot of tears expressing their moral outrage. Democrats, likewise feigning moral distress, pounced on the opportunity to bash Mr. Trump.
But whether or not you find the "s***hole" reference offensive, some Republicans are saying they don't recall Trump using such verbiage.
On Friday, following a denial from the president himself, Republican Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue, both of whom attended the bipartisan meeting on immigration, said they did not recall Trump using such language.
"We do not recall the President saying these comments specifically but what he did call out was the imbalance in our current immigration system, which does not protect American workers and our national interest," said a joint statement from the senators.
Earlier in the day, Trump similarly denied the account. "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used," wrote the president. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!"
"Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country," he added.
Senator Lindsey Graham, who was also in attendance at the immigration meeting, apparently heard something different than Cotton and Perdue, allegedly telling Senator Tim Scott the report was "basically accurate."
"If that comment is accurate, the comment is incredibly disappointing," said Scott, a Republican.
Meeting attendee Democrat Dick Durbin said Trump did indeed use the term.
"I cannot believe that in the history of the White House, in the Oval Office, any president has ever spoken words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday," said Durbin.
Durbin allegedly has a history of lying about private White House meetings.