“Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade on Friday tried to downplay the plight of young immigrant children who were separated from their parents as a result of President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy.
As Media Matters reports, Kilmeade said that we shouldn’t be too upset about the president forcibly ripping immigrant children away from their parents because they aren’t American children from Texas or Idaho.
“These are not — like it or not, these aren’t our kids,” Kilmeade said. “Show them compassion, but it’s not like he is doing this to the people of Idaho or Texas. These are people from another country and now people are saying that they’re more important than people in our country who are paying taxes.”
Co-host Ainsley Earhardt, meanwhile, said that president was right to separate families because the children could be tied to gangs such as MS-13.
“He just wants to make sure we vet who’s coming across the border, in case it’s MS-13 or drugs,” she said.
After getting criticism for his remarks, Kilmeade subsequently took to Twitter to issue a clarification.
“On FOX & Friends earlier, Of course-I didn’t mean to make it seem like children coming into the U.S. illegally are less important because they live in another country,” he wrote. “I have compassion for all children, especially for all the kids separated from their parents right now.”
On FOX & Friends earlier, Of course-I didn’t mean to make it seem like children coming into the U.S. illegally are less important because they live in another country. I have compassion for all children, especially for all the kids separated from their parents right now. 1 of 2
— Brian Kilmeade (@kilmeade) June 22, 2018
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Morning Joe’s Mika rains hell on ‘pathetic’ Trump for White House smear campaign against Dr Fauci
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According to the NBC report, "The White House is seeking to discredit Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's leading infectious disease expert, as President Donald Trump works to marginalize him and his dire warnings about the shortcomings of the U.S. coronavirus response."
Using that as a jumping-off point, the "Morning Joe" host called the president "pathetic," and blamed the massive and resurgent spread of the coronavirus solely on the president's bungling of the government's response from day one.
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President Donald Trump's education secretary repeatedly dodged questions about safety during Sunday morning interviews on CNN and Fox News, and Dr. Vin Gupta told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that the administration's lack of planning was unconscionable.
‘Donald Trump is the most successful bio-terrorist in human history’: psychologist
The June 6 edition of the German newsweekly Der Spiegel described Donald Trump as a "fire devil" and a president who "sets fire to his country."
This article first appeared in Salon.
The English edition of Der Spiegel continues with this damningly accurate description of America in the Age of Trump: