Sen. Dick Durbin previously accused President Donald Trump last month of referring to African countries as “s***holes” during a meeting that they both attended on Thursday.
There’s just one problem with Durbin’s claims: He has a huge history of making up statements from private White House meetings.
Durbin was the only Democrat in the closed-door meeting about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
Durbin was the first to speak out saying Trump used “hate-filled” and “racist” language “several times” during the summit.
Monday, Durbin was at the Gale Community Academy in Rogers Park for a Martin Luther King Day celebration. When asked about the comments he practically admitted that he used the ‘s***holes’ accusation as a bargaining chip in the DACA negotiations.
He claimed that the only way Trump could prove he’s not a racist is if he approves DACA:
And, he noted, “If Trump’s not a racist, Durbin said, “the president and the Republican Party have a chance to prove it” through a bipartisan compromise on immigration that helps the so-called “Dreamers” — people who were brought here illegally as children, through no fault of their own. President Obama had protected them through the DACA program, which stood for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, but Trump wants to end the program.
Senator Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, joined ‘Face The Nation’ to discuss the immigration meeting where President Trump reportedly used vulgar language to describe African countries.
Cotton previously released a statement with Sen. David Perdue stating that neither of them “recall the President saying these comments.”
“John, I didn’t hear that word either,” Cotton told Dickerson about the allegations President Trump used the word “shitholes” to describe Haiti, El Salvador, and Africa. “I certainly didn’t hear what Dick has said repeatedly.”
“You’re saying it did not happen?” Dickerson pressed. “Or you just don’t recall?”
“I didn’t hear it,” Cotton replied. “And I was sitting no further away from Donald Trump than Dick Durbin was. I know what Dick has said about the president’s repeated statements is incorrect.”
But Durbin is well known for his lies.
In November of last year, he offered several arguments against the tax bill.
“And let me tell you, there is a reason why this plan has been prepared in secret, why it’s not being scored by the Congressional Budget Office, as it is traditionally,” Durbin told host Jake Tapper. “It’s because it doesn’t add up.”
That was a lie, and he knew it.
The CBO is Congress’ nonpartisan number-crunching office, best known for its detailed analyses of pending legislation.
However, there’s one exception to CBO’s role in vetting proposed legislation: tax bills.
That duty falls instead to a similar, nonpartisan congressional office known as the Joint Committee on Taxation.
He said in February of 2014 that the debt was headed downward over the next 10 years. That was a lie.
Durbin told Fox News host Chris Wallace:
“I can just tell you this, Chris. Since President Obama has been in office, we’ve reached the point we’re cutting the annual deficits in half, and we’re going to reduce the overall debt of the United States by $3 trillion over the next 10 years.”
On first glance, the data doesn’t seem to back up the claim that “the overall debt of the United States” is poised to drop by $3 trillion — or even by a dime — over the next decade.
(BTW: The deficit is a fiscal shortfall for one year, while the debt is the cumulative total of all past deficits, minus any surpluses. Durbin knows this!)
The most widely trusted source for federal fiscal projections — the independent Congressional Budget Office — recently released an annual report, “The Budget and Economic Outlook: 2014 to 2024.”
In it, CBO estimated the amount of publicly held federal debt for each of the next 10 years. In 2014, the debt is pegged to be $12.7 trillion. By 2024, the debt is set to rise to almost $21.3 trillion. That’s an $8.6 trillion increase, not a $3 trillion decrease.
During a floor speech in 2012, Durbin said:
“When President George W. Bush was elected, President Clinton said: Welcome to Washington. Here is a $230 billion surplus. … But what happened in 8 years of Republican rule, fiscally conservative Republican rule? I will tell you what happened. The national debt went from $5 trillion to $12 trillion.”
That was a lie and he knew it.
According to historical tables published by the Office of Management and Budget, Durbin was close, though slightly low, in characterizing the federal debt level at the beginning of Bush’s presidency. At the end of calendar year 2000, just before Bush took office, the debt stood at $5.629 trillion.
Fast-forward eight years — that is, just before Bush handed the reins to Barack Obama — and the federal debt stood at $9.986 trillion. That’s close to double, but it’s still about $2 trillion less than what Dubrin said it was.