Here's how Wisconsin's elected representatives in Washington reacted to President Donald Trump's description on Thursday of Haiti and African nations as "shithole countries" during negotiations over a proposed bipartisan immigration deal.
Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison
The President's comments from the Oval Office are sickening, hateful and divisive. He should take responsibility for them. We are a nation of immigrants because we have always been a land of opportunity. That is the promise of America and we all need to make sure we keep it.— Sen. Tammy Baldwin (@SenatorBaldwin) January 12, 2018
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh
The remark is "totally inappropriate," Sen. Ron Johnson said, according to a transcript provided by his office of an interview with Wisconsin Public Television.
"The best thing he can do is just admit it and apologize for it and move on."
"You have a certain responsibility, a certain decorum you have to conduct yourself in public with," Johnson said. "You have children watching. You have nations watching."
Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Janesville
Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison
The real question is why we allow presidents from sh*thole companies like the Trump Organization https://t.co/OHD7rLPHwK— Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) January 11, 2018
.@SpeakerRyan just said @realDonaldTrump's sh*thole remarks were "very unfortunate" and "unhelpful"— Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) January 12, 2018
You know what's very unfortunate and unhelpful? Not speaking out against racism and defending the president.
Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse
It is shameful that our President chooses to act beneath the dignity and respect of his office by belittling those who make our country strong. The Bible reminds us that we are all made out of the likeness and image of God.— Rep. Ron Kind (@RepRonKind) January 12, 2018
Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee
When I was asked by @CarolHLN, I said Trump was unfit for office. Yesterday, Trump proved me right again with his "shithole" comments. America is a nation of immigrants, and denigrating anyone, especially people of color, is disgusting and un-American!— Gwen S. Moore (@Gwen4Congress) January 12, 2018
Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wausau
Other Wisconsin representatives
We could not locate any public statements from the following Wisconsin representatives Friday afternoon:
White House disputes characterization of Trump's comments
Trump on Friday denied using certain "language" during a private meeting with lawmakers as fury spread over his comments about immigrants.
But neither he nor the White House disputed the most controversial of his remarks: using the word "shithole" to describe Africa nations and saying he would prefer immigrants from countries like Norway instead.
Trump's comments came during an Oval Office meeting where he questioned why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to one participant and people briefed on the extraordinary Oval Office conversation.
"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used," Trump insisted in a series of Friday morning tweets. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made — a big setback for DACA."
But Sen. Dick Durbin, the only Democrat in the room, disputed the president's account.
"He said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly," Durbin said,