Nicolle Wallace, MSNBC host, issued an apology on Tuesday, Aug. 5, for saying that President Trump “talking about exterminating Latinos” in a television program.
“I misspoke about Trump calling for an extermination of Latinos. My mistake was unintentional and I’m sorry,” Wallace tweeted.
I misspoke about Trump calling for an extermination of Latinos. My mistake was unintentional and I’m sorry. Trump’s constant assault on people of color and his use of the word “invasion” to describe the flow of immigrants is intentional and constant.
— Nicolle Wallace (@NicolleDWallace) August 7, 2019
Wallace’s apology follows a broadcast on Monday “Deadline: White House” in a conversation with USA Today columnist Raul Reyes, who often appears on CNN. In the program Reyes criticized President Trump for his rhetoric surrounding illegal immigrants, falsely claiming that President Trump called immigrants an “infestation,” and saying that President Trump has “basically declared open-season on Latinos because we are one of his favorite targets.”
“What do you do with an infestation? With an infestation, the natural conclusion is to attempt an extermination. So, to me, there’s very little distinction between his inciting this violence and the fact that it is now happening,” Reyes told Wallace during the program.
“What do you do when, certainly, the last Republican president fought for, sought and it’s not ideal but had 44% of Latino voters. So politically powerful inside the last Republican administration. President Obama used the power of the presidency to try to pass comprehensive immigration reform, with the Latino community, Latino leaders, at the table. You now have a president, as you said, talking about exterminating Latinos,” Wallace said.
Reyes responded that, “It brings me no pleasure saying this. I just think with this administration, it is too late.”
“And it’s not even a political question because Obama, George W. Bush, H.W., all of the presidents in modern history have made sincere outreach to Latinos, whether or not their views happen to align with mainstream Latinos. They wanted them in their party. They wanted their support,” Reyes continued.