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Here are 5 pundits who danced around calling Trump a ‘racist’ for his ‘sh*thole countries’ remark

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Immediately after news broke that President Donald Trump reportedly said immigrants from Haiti and African nations come from “sh*thole countries,” pundits exploded in outrage — but many fell short of calling the president himself a racist.

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Below are five reporters and pundits who danced around naming the racist elephant in the Oval Office.

1. CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta

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Known for his snide wit, CNN’s Jim Acosta said the president appears to “harbor racist feelings about people of color from other parts of the world,” but did not continue to flat-out charge him with being racist.

2. CNN political analyst Jeffrey Toobin

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Author and political analyst Jeffrey Toobin went so far as to say Trump “has racist views,” and claimed many “dance around that issue,” but did not refer to the president himself as a bigot.

3. CNN chief national security correspondent Jim Scuitto

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While Scuitto’s observation that the “sh*thole” comment was “very much in character with how President Trump views people of color,” he did not name him a racist outright.

4. The University of New Hampshire’s Seth Abramson

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Abramson’s takeaway on Trump’s racism that informs his immigration and foreign policy stances is how bad it hurts the United States — and not how it proves further the president is a bigot.

5. This group of lawmakers

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According to lawmakers who spoke to POLITICO’s Christiano Lima, Trump’s comments are “breathtakingly offensive,” “unforgivable” and “ignorant” — but not purely racist.

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White House spokesperson ridiculed for ‘pathetic’ spin on Trump’s trade war admission: ‘Does she think we believe that?’

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Hours after Donald Trump blithely admitted that he had "second thoughts" about his trade war with China that has damaged the U.S. economy and helped set the stage for a possible recession, White House spokesperson Stephanie Grisham was forced to issue a clarification about the president's comments.

Addressing Trump's G7 response about his tariffs, widely interpreted by the press as expressing some regret, Grisham issued a statement saying the president meant that he wished he had increased his market-destroying tariffs even more.

"The President was asked if he had ‘any second thought on escalating the trade war with China,'" White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham relayed. "His answer has been greatly misinterpreted. President Trump responded in the affirmative - because he regrets not raising the tariffs higher."

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Here is why Trump is obsessed with Greenland

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They say that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. Remember that President Harry Truman tried to purchase Greenland in 1946; now, in 2019, President Donald Trump is trying to do the same thing.

This article first appeared in Salon.

To be clear, Trump’s farcical, “absurd” idea — to borrow the adjective used by Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen — is not happening, and was never going to happen. As Frederiksen pointed out, Greenland is “not for sale." Trump, for his part, has not backed down from the idea.

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Iowa’s Steve King facing ouster because his campaign is broke and his allies have fled: report

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Iowa Republican Steve King is facing losing his seat representing his district in the U.S. House of Representatives as his campaign finds itself broke and the Republican Party has turned its back on him after his latest round of controversial comments.

According to a report from the Daily Beast, his campaign is struggling to bring donors -- who once wholeheartedly supported him --back into the fold.

Even worse, his colleagues in Congress have also abandoned him.

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