Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) created a firestorm last week by going public with President Trump’s alleged “shithole” comment about certain third-world countries, but at least one fellow lawmaker who attended the same meeting has called out Durbin for his own pattern of making dubious claims concerning closed-door meetings.
Sen. David Purdue (R-GA) said during a Sunday appearance on ABC News’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” that Durbin’s retelling of the goings on of the meeting amounted to a “gross misrepresentation” of what actually transpired.
“The gross misrepresentation was that language was used in there that was not used, and also that the tone of that meeting was not contributory and not constructive,” Purdue charged.
“In 2013, Senator Durbin also made the same accusation against a Republican leader in a meeting with President Obama, and said that he chewed out the president, and was so disrespectful to President Obama we couldn’t even have the meeting,” he added. “That’s what he said in 2013.”
Purdue was referring to a Facebook post made in 2013 accusing a House Republican leader of disrespecting the president – that then-press secretary Jay Carney debunked as not actually having happened according to other people at the meeting.
“Later that day, the president’s own press secretary came out and said, and I quote: ‘It did not happen.’” Purdue said. “This is about a gross misrepresentation. It’s not the first time.”
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) came to the defense of his number two on Twitter: “To impugn @SenatorDurbin’s integrity is disgraceful. Whether you agree with him on the issues or not, he is one of the most honorable members of the Senate.”
To impugn @SenatorDurbin's integrity is disgraceful. Whether you agree with him on the issues or not, he is one of the most honorable members of the Senate.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 14, 2018