While some condemned President Donald Trump’s question about “s**thole countries,” Fox News hosts Jesse Watters and Tucker Carlson defended what he said Thursday.
During a meeting with lawmakers, Trump reportedly asked why the United States accepted immigrants from “s**thole countries,” like Haiti and those in Africa, and he suggested more immigrants should come from nations like Norway.
“This is how some people talk,” Watters, co-host of “The Five,” said. He noted that while Trump’s comment was “offensive,” it was the kind of thing Trump said in order to relate to ordinary Americans.
“This is how the forgotten men and women in America talk at the bar,” Watters added:
Carlson echoed those sentiments when he described Trump’s comment as “something that almost every single person in America actually agrees with.”
Apparently baffled by negative reactions to Trump’s comment, Carlson wondered why “everyone in Washington, New York and [Los Angeles] considered” Trump’s comment a “major event.”
“I don’t understand what the sin is. You’re not allowed to point out that other countries aren’t as good places to live as America? Like, what is the problem?” he asked one of his guests:
Conservative commentator Ann Coulter, who repeatedly criticized how the president handled immigration, said Trump’s “s**thole” remark was an attempt to “win” back her support:
He’s trying to win me back. https://t.co/JEmlyqd7ZY
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) January 11, 2018
Republican and Democratic lawmakers, however, criticized Trump’s comments:
America is better than this and our president should be too. https://t.co/RIhRpMd7If
— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) January 11, 2018
Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) called Trump’s description “disappointing,” while Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) requested a “detailed explanation,” according to The Hill.
“Part of what makes America so special is that we welcome the best and brightest in the world, regardless of their country of origin,” Hatch said.
Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah), a Haitian-American and the first to serve as a U.S. representative, called Trump’s comments “unkind, divisive, elitist”:
Here is my statement on the President’s comments today: pic.twitter.com/EdtsFjc2zL
— Rep. Mia Love (@RepMiaLove) January 11, 2018
In a response to The Washington Post’s story on Trump’s comment, the White House reaffirmed his concern with the nation’s immigration system, but it did not deny he used that language.