MSNBC host Nicholle Wallace faced brutal online backlash after she nonchalantly claimed that President Donald Trump was talking about “exterminating Latinos.”
The contentious comment circulated Tuesday on social media.
Wallace was attempting to draw the sharp distinction between past Republican and Democratic presidential administration in relation to the Latino community, and the Trump administration.
“President Obama used the power of the presidency to try to pass comprehensive immigration reform for Latino community, Latino leaders at the table,” she said.
“You now have a president who is, like you said, talking about exterminating Latinos,” Wallace continued.
Among those who criticized the comment was Greg Gutfeld of Fox News who responded, “MSNBC might want to walk this back. holy s**t.” Others excoriated the former Republican who has become a vehement critic of Trump.
Wallace apologized for the comment after the backlash of outrage on social media.
“I misspoke about Trump calling for an extermination of Latinos. My mistake was unintentional and I’m sorry,” Wallace offered.
Then she followed up with more criticism of the president.
“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,” she concluded.
Many on the left and other critics of Trump tried to connect his numerous uses of the word “invasion” to describe illegal immigrants to the same language used in a manifesto written by the mass murderer in an attack at El Paso, Texas.