Sinclair airs segment defending use of tear gas at border, says migrants ‘attempted invasion’
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Sinclair Broadcast Group aired a segment on its local networks this week defending U.S. Border Patrol agents' use of tear gas at the U.S.-Mexico border over the weekend.

In the clip, former Trump aide-turned political commentator Boris Epshteyn claims that the incident at the southern border was an "attempted invasion" and that border agents were forced to use tear gas after being "attacked."

“Dozens of migrants attacked U.S. border enforcement by throwing rocks and bottles," Epshteyn said. "Ultimately, American authorities had to use tear gas to stop the attacks.”

Epshteyn went on to criticize Democrats' reaction to border agents' use of tear gas, saying that "many on the left" appear to "believe it is wrong to defend our country and abide by the rule of law."

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“The fact of the matter is that this is an attempted invasion of our country, period," Epshyteyn said. "Our border must remain intact and secure."

“Here’s the bottom line: The notion that a caravan of migrants can be allowed to break through our borders is ludicrous and dangerous,” Epshteyn concluded. “The United States of America should not and cannot be intimidated by those willing to use force to get into our country illegally.”

Sinclair ran its segment as tensions continue to mount over a band of thousands of Central American migrants reaching the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Hundreds of individuals attempted to storm the border in Tijuana, Mexico, on Sunday, which led to U.S. agents deploying tear gas after some tried to breach a border fence.

The Associated Press reported that the tear gas traveled "hundreds of yards" and forced some parents to run away with "choking toddlers."

The incident occurred right after the U.S. suspended pedestrian crossings at the San Ysidro port of entry in California. 

Sinclair has repeatedly aired segments on its 193 local new networks defending the Trump administration.

In June, the network produced a segment in which Epshteyn criticized the outrage over Trump's "zero tolerance" policy that resulted in thousands of families being separated at the border. 

“Let’s be honest: While some of the concern is real, a lot of it is politically driven by the liberals in politics and the media," he said. 

Sinclair is the largest owner of local television stations in the country and reaches 39 percent of U.S. homes.