Republican senator compares US politics to an episode of 'Jerry Springer'
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A Republican senator compared the past week of political drama to an episode of "The Jerry Springer Show" on Wednesday. 

“A lot of Americans are scratching their head and saying, ‘Geez, we didn’t know that "The Jerry Springer Show" was in syndication,' ” Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) said of the tabloid talk show known for physical fighting between guests.

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Last week, President TrumpDonald John TrumpShocking summit with Putin caps off Trump’s turbulent Europe trip GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit MORE reportedly called Haiti, El Salvador and some African nations “shithole countries." 

Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinThis week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation Dems launch pressure campaign over migrant families Kavanaugh paper chase heats up MORE (D-Ill.) confirmed to news outlets that Trump made the comment during a bipartisan meeting on immigration. 

Trump has denied making such a remark and on Twitter claimed Durbin “totally misrepresented” him. The report still garnered controversy and backlash against Trump from both sides of the aisle.

“I think the meeting, the reaction, the spin, the people calling each other names back and forth, yes it reminded me of 'The Jerry Springer Show,' and I don’t think it becomes any of us,” he said.

Kennedy called last week a bad week for the American people.

“It’s just not been productive and we need to get back on course. We don’t have a budget. We need to be allowed to vote on a budget. The budget needs to adequately fund the military. Everybody in the Senate knows the military needs more money," he told reporters.