The shooter who terrorized El Paso, Texas this weekend left behind a manifesto to help explain his actions. Primary among his goals was to help stem the “invasion” of migrants coming into Texas. This phrasing was tied to President Trump who often uses the same language when discussing immigration reform.
Yesterday afternoon, Trump adviser, Kellyanne Conway was asked if Trump would keep using the word when discussing migrants. This morning, Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade said that not only should Trump use the word, but that he is correct to do so.
The host began by blaming Barack Obama for the stream of Central American migrants. “What the president has during his 2 and 1/2 years is a major problem at the border which was not his doing,” said Kilmeade. “Unless you want to blame President Obama for the unaccompanied minors that streamed through there in 2014.”
Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade is defending using the term "invasion" to describe migrants crossing the southern border this morning: "If you use the term 'invasion,' it's not anti-Hispanic, it's a fact." pic.twitter.com/dOsgYVgrV2
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) August 6, 2019
The Fox personality continued, “We have over 110,000 people coming a month, over a million last year, and then well over a million this year. If you use the term ‘an invasion,’ that’s not anti-Hispanic, it’s a fact. If the Russians were coming through Alaska, through Canada, the president would be using the same language.”
Protecting Trump from claims that Trump uses incendiary rhetoric, Kilmeade said that Elijah Cummings used the word “drug infested” in 1999. “But it’s the fact that it’s happening with the border, if you talk to people who are apolitical at the border, people want to look at the words infested, or look at what the president’s saying, and then they say ‘Well look, how could he use this rhetoric when we’ve heard, it turns out Elijah Cummings is using the same exact rhetoric ten years before the president was even hosting The Apprentice,” said the host.
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