I'm not going to get too much into the arguments on here because let's be honest - nobody is going to convince another to change their stance about Trump at this point.
But a few thoughts:
If a liberal politician, let's say a Democratic governor of a blue-leaning state, said something demeaning about poorly-educated, low-skilled Caucasians living in rural parts of the state - perhaps "why would we want these people from a ___hole part of the state with no skills to come here to work?", essentially insinuating that they're lesser people because they're poor and have nothing to offer - many of these rural Trump supporters and the right-wing media would be absolutely livid. As well they should be. Rural conservatives absolutely loathe being looked down upon by "coastal elites" and others. But alas, by defending Trump they fail to see the double standard. To say such a generalized, inaccurate, and despicable comment is completely disgraceful and completely indefensible, no matter who you are. This seems to come standard with Trump, however, so no surprises here.
"In regards to Senator Durbinís accusation, we do not recall the president saying these comments specifically..." - Senator Cotton and Senator Purdue. Please. Like anyone would ever forget such inflammatory comments during a senatorial meeting. Your lies are just as bad as Trump's denial of what he said.
Finally, I'd like to revisit a remark by James Comey: "Lordy, I hope there are tapes". Alright there probably aren't any tapes, but imagine how powerful that soundbyte would be in the upcoming midterms and 2020.