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Sen. Durbin Defends Himself: If White House Has Tapes, 'Release Whatever You Have' (UPDATED)

The shithole excuses have become unconscionable and Sen. Durbin has had enough.
Sen. Durbin Defends Himself: If White House Has Tapes, 'Release Whatever You Have' (UPDATED)

Sen. Dick Durbin responded to the criticisms being heaped upon him by his Senatorial colleagues for confirming that Trump used the word "shithole" to describe Haiti and other black nations during Thursday's immigration meeting.

WBEZ’s Tony Arnold tweeted out this video of reporters quizzing the IL Senator.

Commenting on the difference between a "shithole" and a "shithouse, Sen. Durbin said, "I don’t know that changing the word from ‘hole’ to ‘house’ changes the impact."

He continued, "I stick with my original interpretation. I am stunned that this is their defense."

A reporter asked if he was going to start tape recording his meetings with the president.

Sen. Durbin explained why that can't happen because of security concerns. Whenever there's a meeting with a president, they take away all mobile devices. I can attest to this when I met with President Obama in 2010.

“I don’t know if there was some other recording device that was being used within the Oval Office,” Durbin added. “If there was, I just want to call on the White House right now, release whatever you have.”

UPDATE: Trump is afraid, very afraid. Also, he's not releasing the tapes everyone knows exist:

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