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.


Last week, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada MORE reportedly called Haiti, El Salvador and some African nations “shithole countries." 

Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinGrassley to administration: You must consult Congress on refugee cap Overnight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Group looks to allow Medicaid funds for substance abuse programs | FDA launches anti-vaping campaign for teens Bipartisan group wants to lift Medicaid restriction on substance abuse treatment 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.