Donald Trump allegedly referred to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as "sh-thole countries" in a meeting with senators at the White House and late-night hosts were utterly dumbfounded Thursday night.
"I don't know how to break this to you, but I think the president might be racist," Trevor Noah said. "And, you know, as someone who is from South Sh-thole, I'm offended, Mr. President."
According to The Washington Post, the group was discussing immigration and visa lottery system when Trump asked why the United States would want immigrants "from all these sh-thole countries" instead of countries like Norway.
The White House didn't exactly deny the comments in a statement released after the Post's story went up.
"Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people," White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said. "He will always reject temporary, weak and dangerous stopgap measures that threaten the lives of hardworking Americans, and undercut immigrants who seek a better life in the United States through a legal pathway."
But Trump did to take to Twitter to make a denial: "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!"
Kimmel was among the late-night stars calling out Trump for what he saw as pretty obvious racism.
"Well listen, I'm sure the fact that the countries he described as 'sh-tholes' are mostly populated by people of color, and the immigrants he wants from Norway are not, is a coincidence," he said. "Because if it wasn't, it would mean we voted for a racist. Like a real one. And we'd have to get pitchforks and chase him out of the White House."
The late-night host was also confused as to how the White House handled the president's remarks.
"They just tried to spin it. It really is unfathomable," he said. "You just can't believe that this is the guy running our country."
But at the end of the day, Kimmel did get a good chuckle out of the situation because he got to hear CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer say "S hole" to avoid getting bleeped on national television.
"What an S hole," Kimmel said. "So anyway thanks, Vlad Putin. You really got us good."
Noah, who was born in South Africa, kicked off his Comedy Central show by addressing how offended he felt by the president's comments.
"I don't know how to break this to you, but I think the president might be racist," he said. "And, you know, as someone who is from South Sh-thole, I'm offended, Mr. President."
"Because not only does he think brown countries are sh-tholes, he thinks what, we're never going to know what he said," Noah added. "I mean, don't get me wrong it may take a few weeks, but as soon as the news donkey reaches our village, we'll be so mad."