Pastor condemned Trump's 's---hole' remark in service Pence attended: report

Pastor condemned Trump's 's---hole' remark in service Pence attended: report
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A Maryland pastor condemned President TrumpDonald TrumpHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Man arrested for allegedly threatening to stab undercover Asian officer in NYC Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech MORE’s comments calling Haiti, El Salvador and African nations “shithole countries” at a service attended by Vice President Pence, The New York Daily News reported Monday.

People attending the mass said Pence was red-faced as the Rev. Maurice Watson spoke out against Trump’s remarks.

“I stand today as your pastor to vehemently denounce and reject any such characterizations of the nations of Africa and of our brothers and sisters in Haiti,” Watson said at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Largo.


“And I further say: Whoever made such a statement, whoever used such a visceral, disrespectful, dehumanizing adjective to characterize the nations of Africa, whoever said it, is wrong. And they ought to be held accountable.”

Those attending the service reportedly jumped up and applauded.

Watson said he felt “led by God to do it,” noting that many parishioners at his church are from the nations Trump allegedly insulted, according to the Daily News.

Trump has faced intense criticism from both sides of the aisle for his comments about “shithole countries” during an Oval Office meeting on immigration.

Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinLawmakers say fixing border crisis is Biden's job Number of migrants detained at southern border reaches 15-year high: reports Grassley, Cornyn push for Senate border hearing MORE (D-Ill.), who was in the meeting, confirmed that Trump made the remarks to reporters on Friday.

However, GOP Sens. David Perdue (Ga.) and Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonMcConnell, GOP slam Biden's executive order on SCOTUS Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists POW/MIA flag moved back atop White House MORE (Ark.), who were also present, said Trump didn’t make the comment after initially saying they didn’t recall the president making the remark.

Trump lashed out at Durbin on Twitter Monday, saying the senator “totally misrepresented” his comments.