(CNSNews.com) - As President Trump's many critics melt down over his use of the word "shithole" to describe Haiti and some African countries, not everyone is distracted by the president's poor word choice.
While some CNN correspondents were quick to call Trump a racist, some Fox News personalities were more willing to consider the truth behind the president's controversial statement.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” the Washington Post quoted the president as saying Thursday during a White House meeting on immigration reform. The president reportedly asked why the United States doesn't take more people from Norway, for example. He had met with the prime minister of Norway just the day before.
The furor erupted instantaneously on liberal media outlets.
But what's the sin? asked Fox News's Tucker Carlson Thursday night. "If we've gotten to the point where we all have to pretend that every country is exactly as nice as every other country, then we're being dishonest," Carlson told his viewers.
Here's Carlson's opening monologue:
Today, as you doubtless heard, during immigration talks, President Trump said something that almost every person in America actually agrees with. An awful lot of immigrants come to this country from other places that aren't very nice. Those places are dangerous, they're dirty, they're corrupt, and they're poor. And that's the main reason those immigrants are trying to come here, and you would too if you lived there.
President Trump asked why America doesn't receive more immigrants from places you might want to visit on vacation. Why aren't we getting more people from Norway, he said, which by almost any measure, including the U.N.’s measures, is the most developed and richest country in the world.
While saying this, Trump used an expletive, and that's not surprising either, since he uses them all the time and was speaking privately. And yet for some reason, virtually everyone in Washington, New York and L.A. considered this a major, major event.
Carlson spoke to Jose Parra, the former communications director for Barack Obama's 2012 campaign, who argued that immigrants from those “s-hole” countries are making contributions to the U.S. economy.
Parra also tapped in to the racist argument:
"There is definitely an issue here because basically what's happening here is the president is connecting or articulating the same vision we saw in Charlottesville," Parra said.
Parra asked if Trump applies the same metric to Eastern European countries that are not doing very well, either: "We seem to be applying this only to countries where there are brown people such as Haiti and El Salvador. "
The White House did not deny what Trump said.
In a statement, a spokesman said: "Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people."