Fact: Americans don't actually love Trump.
The White House’s defense of Donald Trump’s racist “shithole countries” rant has come full circle, with Sarah Huckabee Sanders opining that the language he used is key to his appeal.
When the rant was first reported on last week, the White House did not deny the language used, and even bragged on background about how it would appeal to his base. When the backlash blew up in Trump’s face, they tried a series of escalating non-denials to cushion the blow.
But when asked about the comments Tuesday, Sanders apparently reverted to the original strategy.
Washington Post reporter Ashley Parker asked Sanders about the “vulgarity” Trump used during the infamous White House meeting and the White House’s subsequent and belated denial that he used “that word.”
“Can you clear up once and for all what the president did say?” Parker asked.
“Look, I wasn’t in that room so I can go only off of what the individuals who were,” Sanders answered. “They said that term wasn’t used but that tough language was. Look, no one here is going to pretend like the president is always politically correct. He isn’t. I think that’s one of the reasons the American people love him, one of the reasons that he won, and is sitting in the Oval Office today is because he isn’t a scripted robot. He’s somebody who tells things like they are sometimes, and sometimes he does use tough language.”
Fact: The American people do not love Trump. And while his overtly racist language might appeal to the small minority of mostly white voters who also enjoyed his racism during his campaign, they certainly don’t speak for most Americans.