Stephanopoulos says “that’s probably a mistake” for ABC not to use the word shithole on-air: “I don’t think it’s right to censor the President or to sugarcoat the racist sentiment revealed.” pic.twitter.com/kwfCx8xDBk
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ABC’s “Good Morning America” host George Stephanopoulos criticized his network on Friday, saying that it is a “mistake” to censor vulgar language reportedly used by President Trump to describe Haiti, El Salvador and African countries.
“We’re not reporting the word right now. I think that’s probably a mistake,” Stephanopoulos said on the air. “I don’t think it’s right to censor the president or to sugarcoat the racist sentiment revealed by how he used that word in the meeting.”
Multiple news outlets have grappled with whether to spell out or explicitly say the word “shithole,” which Trump allegedly used on Thursday to describe countries such Haiti, El Salvador and several in Africa.
The comment reportedly came in a meeting with lawmakers at the White House to discuss immigration. He also suggested that the U.S. should want more immigrants from countries like Norway.
The reported remark drew swift criticism from lawmakers, foreign governments and immigrant advocacy groups. It also prompted many news outlets to take the rare step of publishing the vulgar word uncensored.
Trump denied on Friday that he used such language to describe Haiti or any other country, although he acknowledged that he talked “tough” on immigration.