Dem senator: 'No question' Trump's 's---hole countries' comment is racist

Dem senator: 'No question' Trump's 's---hole countries' comment is racist

Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetThe Hill's 12:30 Report: House panel approves impeachment powers Burden in tonight's debate is on Democratic realists 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the September Democratic debate MORE (D-Colo.) in a Sunday show interview stopped short of calling President TrumpDonald John TrumpHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the Age of Trump Let's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy MORE a racist, but said “there’s no question” that the president’s reported “shithole countries” comment is racist.

“I was raised not to call people racist on the theory that it was hard for them to be rehabilitated once you said that,” Bennet told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

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“But there’s no question what he said was racist. There’s no question what he said was un-American and completely unmoored from the facts.”

Trump has faced intense scrutiny and accusations of racism after The Washington Post reported that Trump disparaged several nations during a Thursday meeting with lawmakers at the White House. 

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump reportedly asked, referring to immigrants from African nations, Haiti and El Salvador.

The White House initially did not deny the comment, which came as lawmakers work on an immigration deal.

In a tweet on Friday morning, the president denied he said "anything derogatory about Haitians."

"Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said 'take them out.' Made up by Dems," the president tweeted.