Guiterrez goes after Trump with ‘KKK’ slam

BY JILL CUENI-COHEN / JANUARY 12, 2018 /

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During his latest MSNBC interview on Thursday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said President Trump’s alleged reference to some nations as “shithole countries” qualifies him to “lead the Ku Klux Klan.”

“[W]e now know that we have in the White House someone who could lead the Ku Klux Klan in the United States of America, somebody who could be the leader of the neo-Nazi, and publish just his words,” Gutierrez told MSNBC guest host Joy Reid on “All In With Chris Hayes” late Thursday.

On Thursday, the Washington Post wrote a report that quoted unidentified sources from a bipartisan meeting about DACA between Trump and senators saying that the president called Haiti, El Salvador and some African natoins “shithole countries.”

Trump’s comment, which he denied in a tweet on Friday morning, was likely in reference to the push by some senators to maintain temporary protected status for DACA’s so-called “Dreamers”, who come from some of those countries.

“The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA!” Trump tweeted after the news of his so-called “bashing” of third-world countries was leaked to an outraged press. The media were quick to jump on the Post’s unverified account as though Trump had made such comments in a public speech.

“Can you imagine any other job in which the CEO, right, could say something and isn’t summarily fired from his job? Can you think of any employee walking into any institution in America and saying these kind of deplorable things and not being fired?” Gutierrez added, as he took advantage of the Trump-bashing narrative.