Meghan McCain took Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) to task over his "history of misrepresenting" statements that have emerged from private White House meetings, but Durbin stuck to his guns and refused to address "The View" co-host's accusations.
What did she say?
During a discussion about President Donald Trump's alleged comments about "s***hole countries" — which reportedly took place last week during an immigration meeting — McCain didn't hold back.
"You have a history of misrepresenting statements from private White House meetings," McCain began. "And some say you’ve actually done more harm than good to the DACA deal by revealing what Trump said in his private meeting. Do you think that’s true?"
Changing the topic, Durbin — who was piped in from Washington, D.C. — responded, "Well, I can tell you, what you hear behind me are the voices of democracy. Demonstrators who are on Capitol Hill, willing to be arrested in a nonviolent way for the Dream Act. I believe that the strength behind this, the energy behind this movement to help these Dreamers get protected."
"You're trying to get support with Republicans, as well; there's a lot more support with Democrats then there are Republicans on DACA, which is why Democrats were trying to speak with President Trump, and I think that's the argument that you've possibly done more harm than good with Republicans," McCain broke in.
Durbin responded, explaining that he believes that more Republicans will step forward and voice their opposition against Trump's stance on immigration.
"I think honestly you're going to see before the end of the day more Republicans stepping forward and saying they don’t agree with President Trump's views on immigration," he explained, still not directly answering McCain's question.
See the full exchange in the video below.
So what was it she might've been talking about?
Durbin, who was at the meeting where Trump reportedly made the comment about "s***hole countries," found himself under fire when Republican Sen. David Perdue (Ga.) said that Durbin mischaracterized the president's quotes.
Perdue (R-Ga.) told ABC News' "This Week" on Sunday that Durbin's account was a "total misrepresentation" of what Trump reportedly said, and insisted that Trump "did not use that word."
He also told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos that it isn't the first time Durbin's done such a thing.
"I’m saying that this is a gross misrepresentation, it’s not the first time Sen. Durbin has done it, and it is not productive to solving the problem that we have at hand," Perdue said.
One such instance reportedly occurred in 2013 when Durbin described an incident that former President Barack Obama's press secretary, Jay Carney, said did not occur.
Durbin made claims that a House Republican leader allegedly told Obama during a meeting "I cannot even stand to look at you."
Carney said it never happened.
In response to Perdue's comments, Ben Marter — Durbin's communications director – tweeted that it's Perdue who doesn't have credibility.
"Credibility is something that’s built by being consistently honest over time. Senator Durbin has it. Senator Perdue does not. Ask anyone who’s dealt with both," Marter tweeted.
Credibility is something that’s built by being consistently honest over time. Senator Durbin has it. Senator Perdue does not. Ask anyone who’s dealt with both. https://t.co/x6nKnp8H05
— Ben Marter (@BenMarter) January 14, 2018