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Fox's Shep Smith rips Trump rhetoric on caravan: 'There is no invasion'

Fox's Shep Smith rips Trump rhetoric on caravan: 'There is no invasion'
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Fox News anchor Shepard Smith on Monday accused President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeath toll in Northern California wildfire rises to 48: authorities Graham backs bill to protect Mueller Denham loses GOP seat in California MORE of exploiting the "migrant caravan" in order to stoke anxieties ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm elections.

"Tomorrow the migrants, according to Fox News reporting, are more than two months away, if any of them actually come here," Smith said on air.

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"But tomorrow is one week before the midterm election, which is what all of this is about," he added. "There is no invasion. No one’s coming to get you. There’s nothing at all to worry about."

Trump has called the caravan of Central American migrants an "invasion," using the kind of anti-immigration rhetoric that endeared him to his most fervent supporters in 2016. He has also referred to the midterms as the election of the "caravan."

Democrats and immigration-rights activists have accused the president of drawing on xenophobic and racist images in an effort to frighten the electorate ahead of Election Day. 

Much of that criticism has also been directed toward Fox News, which has aired multiple segments framing the caravan of migrants as an existential threat to the U.S.

Smith often breaks with his colleagues, particularly over Trump's rhetoric. 

The U.S. military announced on Monday that it will send more than 5,200 active duty troops to the U.S. border with Mexico by the end of the week, and that it will be dispatching more troops in upcoming weeks.

Trump last week ordered the military to send active duty troops to the border in response to the caravan.

According to media reports, the thousands of migrants heading toward the U.S. border are largely escaping poverty and violence in their home countries.

Smith on Monday told viewers that Trump raised alarms about a similar caravan of migrants heading toward the border in April; that group mostly dissipated before reaching the U.S.

"When they did this to us, got us all riled up in April, remember?" Smith said. "The result was 14 arrests. We’re America, we can handle it. But like I said, a week to the election."