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Rupert Colville UN Human rights office

The United Nations's human rights office lambasted President Donald Trump, who reportedly labeled Haiti and African nations “s**tholes," for using words that "legitimize[d] the targeting of people based on who they are.”

“I’m sorry, but there’s no other word one can use but racist,” spokesman Rupert Colville said, according to the Associated Press. Colville joined an international chorus of rebuke aimed at Trump's alleged comments during a meeting about immigration policy Thursday.

“Why are we having all these people from s**thole countries come here?” Trump asked. He also reportedly called for the United States to remove Haitians, something Trump later denied saying.

In response, Haiti and others similarly called his comments “racist.” “These insulting and reprehensible statements in no way reflect the virtues of wisdom, restraint and discernment that must be cultivated by any high political authority," the Haitian government said.

Colville went so far as to argue Trump's comments were “opening the door to humanity's worst side,” and he said they “go against the universal values the world has been striving so hard to establish since World War II and the Holocaust.”

On Friday, Trump maintained that while his language was “tough,” The Washington Post inaccurately reported what he said during his meeting:

The president specifically denied saying “anything derogatory about Haitians,” and he said he never called for their removal:

But Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who attended Thursday's meeting, claimed Trump did in fact make those controversial comments. “You've seen the comments in the press. I’ve not seen one of them that’s inaccurate,” Durbin said.

Durbin, along with others in the U.S., derided Trump's comments as well. “He said these hate-filled things, and he said them repeatedly.” Durbin also said Friday.

Former FBI Director James Comey appeared to knock Trump in his Thursday tweet quoting the famous quote found on the Statue of Liberty:

Some, including African sociologist Mamady Traore, defended Trump's comments. “President Donald Trump is absolutely right. Africa is a continent of s**t,” Traore said.

“When you have heads of state who mess with the constitutions to perpetuate their power. When you have rebel factions that kill children, disembowel women as saints, who mutilate innocent civilians. Frankly, it must be said that it’s crap.”

And while Fox News host Tucker Carlson similarly couldn't see the “sin” in Trump's comments, his colleague Jesse Watters said Trump's used those types of comments to relate to ordinary Americans.

“This is how the forgotten men and women in America talk at the bar,” Watters said.

Watch Colville make issue his criticism below, via Guardian News.

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