The following day, Trump claimed on Twitter that he hadn’t used those specific words, but Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) ― who was in the room at the time ― swiftly contradicted him, saying that the president had in fact “said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly.”
Cooper spoke of learning math from a Haitian immigrant and then visiting the country as a journalist to cover the devastating 2010 earthquake.
“Haitians slap your hand hard when they shake it, they look you in the eye. They don’t blink,” Cooper said, adding:
“They stand tall and they have dignity. It’s a dignity that many in this White House could learn from. It’s a dignity the president, with all his money and all his power, could learn from as well.”
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Earlier in the show, Cooper also addressed the president’s reported remark, calling it “a racist sentiment”:
The article has been updated to include that Trump has denied having used that specific language, and Durbin’s assertion that he did.