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On Thursday’s The Situation Room, CNN analysts and correspondents brought out the long knives for President Trump after his disturbing and startling comments about certain countries being “sh***holes,” using it to bludgeon home the notion that Trump is “racist” and “inject[ing] a lot of poison” into the immigration debate.
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Chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta led the way in CNN’s casual, uncensored use of the word in question. Around 5:15 p.m. Eastern, Acosta declared that, taken his history into account, “the President seems to harbor racist feelings about people of color from other parts of the world.”
Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin unloaded on how “highly significant” Trump’s comments about life for people in Africa, El Salvador, and Haiti showed that he has “racist views” (and, by most interpretations, racist himself).
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“There are a lot of people who like this. I mean, when are we going acknowledge that...it's not some mistake that he has to take back? This is who he is and this is, in part, why he won. That, frankly to me, more troubling,” he added.
CNN Politics editor-at-large Chris Cillizza cited Charlottesville, the LeVar Ball tussle, and the NFL protests as examples that one cannot “draw any conclusion other than he has views that we would have to describe as racist views.”
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Moments later, The Wall Street Journal’s Michael Bender observed that Trump’s used made “racist-infused” commentaries before Cillizza chimed back in: “This is not the first time he's even, he's made a number of comments...
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