MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace apologizes for saying Trump is calling for ‘exterminating Latinos’

MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace issued an apology on Tuesday for saying President Trump is “talking about exterminating Latinos” during a recent television program. 

“I misspoke about Trump calling for an extermination of Latinos,” she tweeted Tuesday night. “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.”

Her apology comes after remarks she made during a broadcast on Monday while discussing the president’s charged rhetoric and his administration’s position on immigration with USA Today columnist Raul Reyes.{mosads}

At one point in the program, Reyes noted Trump’s use of the words “invasion” and “infestation” to describe the flow of migrants at the border in light of similar language that was found in a manifesto believed to have been written by the suspect behind the Walmart shooting in El Paso, Texas, over the weekend that left 22 people dead. 

In the document, the suspected gunman allegedly wrote that the attack was a response to a “Hispanic invasion of Texas.”

“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, adding that he believes the president “knows what he’s doing” when he uses such rhetoric.

“This resonates with a portion of his base,” he continued.

“What do you do when, certainly, the last Republican president fought for, sought and — it’s not ideal — but had 44 percent of Latino voters? So politically powerful inside the last Republican administration,” Wallace responded.

“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,” she continued.

In response, Reyes said that, to him, it’s “not even a question of what this president could do.”

“It brings me no pleasure saying this. I just think with this administration, it is too late,” he continued. “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.”

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