Trump Fires Off a Bizarre, Racist Tweet And Sarah Sanders Has No Explanation — Watch:
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday was caught flatfooted and stumbled as she tried to answer questions about President Donald Trump’s reference to “breeding” in a recent tweet.
“There is a Revolution going on in California. Soooo many Sanctuary areas want OUT of this ridiculous, crime infested & breeding concept. Jerry Brown is trying to back out of the National Guard at the Border, but the people of the State are not happy. Want Security & Safety NOW!” Trump tweeted last week.
“What did he mean by breeding?” April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks asked during the White House press briefing.
Sanders dodged the question by saying that Trump recognized sanctuary cities as a major problem.
“What does breeding mean to this president?” Ryan pressed. “Because when you think of breeding, you think of animals.”
“I’m not going to begin to think what you think,” Sanders said. “Certainly I think that it could mean a lot of things to a lot of people. But the president is talking about a growing problem.”
While Sarah Sanders tried to deflect the racist connotation of Trump’s comments, it’s hard not to read Trump’s blatant racism in his tweet.
After all, Trump’s presidential campaign began by accusing immigrants from Mexico of being criminals. A few weeks into his campaign, he shared an image on Twitter that suggested that the vast majority of killings of white people in the United States were committed by black people. This isn’t at all true. Most white people are killed by white people. But Trump never apologized or corrected the tweet, instead quietly deleting it.
A month after that tweet, Trump declared that the United States should disallow entry to anyone who is Muslim. No other caveats or subcategories were identified, just “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” full stop.
Once in office, this became his ban on immigration from Muslim-majority nations, a ban that multiple courts understood as nothing more sophisticated than what he’d proposed in December 2015.
Last year, he kicked up an international incident when he retweeted misleading anti-Muslim videos from a racist British activist. And in January, he referred to African nations and Haiti as “shithole” countries.
All of that context — that Hispanics, Muslims and black Americans are “dangerous” — is worth considering in light of the comments that have trickled out of the White House over the past few weeks.
Watch the exchange between Sarah Sanders and April Ryan in the video below:
Sanders passes up another opportunity to explain what Trump meant with his odd "breeding concept" tweet pic.twitter.com/HzHNAFvaF0
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 23, 2018