Trump Spent MLK Day Tweeting Vulgarities From His Florida Golf Course

Twitterer-in-Chief Trump called Sen. Durbin “Dicky Durbin,” denied the shithole comments and claimed Durbin “blew DACA.”


President Donald Trump celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day at one of his golf clubs in Florida and used his time to tweet vulgar comments about Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).

Past presidents, Democrats and Republicans, have spent the MLK holiday somehow honoring King’s memory or giving back to the community. Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama all participated in volunteer work while they were in office on the holiday.

Trump, meanwhile, has made at least 91 visits to golf clubs since his inauguration last January. He did not appear to do anything related to civil rights, King’s legacy or charity at all on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In fact, he did not appear to acknowledge the holiday in any way until he retweeted a video from the White House’s Twitter account of his weekly address, in which he referenced “a glorious future, where every American from every walk of life can live free from fear, liberated from hatred and uplifted by boundless love for their fellow citizens.”

In the not so glorious recent past, however, Trump last week called Haiti and African nations “shithole countries.” He instead suggested that America accept immigrants from countries such as Norway, which is predominantly white and ranked No. 6 on Fortune’s list of the 15 richest countries in the world per capita (the U.S. ranked No. 12).

The president has since denied making the remarks, which took place at a meeting about immigration and the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Trump has called for the program to end and on Sunday said it is “probably dead” despite a judge’s earlier ruling to keep the program in place at least for the time being. And the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said on its website Saturday that those protected under DACA may still apply for renewals.

Durbin, who was present at the meeting, has stood by his initial account of what Trump said.

“I know what happened. I stand behind every word that I said,” he told reporters in Chicago. “In terms of that meeting, I’m focused on one thing — not that meeting — but on making sure that those who are being protected by DACA … have a future in America. I’m focused on that full time.”

A Washington Post reporter first reported on Twitter that there was “debate internally” at the White House over whether Trump said “shithole” or “shithouse.” Durbin questioned how this was relevant.

“I stick with my original interpretation. I am stunned that this is their defense,” he said.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), who attended the meeting as well, also said Trump made the disparaging remarks.

Republican Sens. David Perdue (Ga.) and Tom Cotton (Ark.) at first said they did not remember whether or not Trump said “shithole” then claimed he did not say it.

It is unknown if the president discussed his $130,000 payment to a porn star in October 2016 this weekend.

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    • What’s interesting is that he is not using any of the old euphemisms – over the weekend I saw a CNN interview with Condoleezza Rice where she said that she and others in the Republican Party introduced Trump to Rex Tillerson. If you will recall, W is a Texas oilman. So, OK, I get how oil people and billionaires want oil drilling everywhere possible, pipe lines everywhere possible and they don’t want to pay taxes on what they make. But I don’t get how being an overt bigot helps you get those things done.

      Trump is a dope, there’s no doubt about it. Probably addled and entering senility.

      But the people propping him up aren’t. I pray they haven’t lost control.

  • Racist is and racist does. He could have gone to one program to disprove he’s not a racist but he chose not to be around anyone of color he tried to down Durbin but they all that were in the room know what was said.

    Mr. Durbin thank you for being a MAN and speaking up for wrong by telling the truth. The others in the room will get there’s.

  • Our Racist-in-Chief made the disparaging comments and Durbin is more courageous than the GA and AR lying ReBubbaCant rednecks who are standing by tRump like a whore to a pimp.

    We should expect vulgarity from the grandson of a brothel/whorehouse.

  • I don’t think anyone would’ve believed his interest or sincerity if he had attended or participated in any MLK activity. He’s a racist – can’t hide that fact – so I’m glad he played golf, or whatever, cause had he done anything to the contrary that would’ve made a mockery of MLK Day.

  • I just have to say, he is the most unattractive person in the country. Which is ironic because he’s so critical of other’s physical appearance.
    Aside from that, I’m not surprised he celebrated MLK Day by not acknowledging it. He’s made his opinion of people of color very clear. Everyday he gives us an example of why he shouldn’t be president.

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