Donald Trump got into a testy exchange with a reporter Wednesday night, saying that he would continue to use the term “anchor baby” regardless of whether some find it offensive.
The comments came during a press conference prior to a town hall event in Derry, New Hampshire. A reporter asked Trump whether his claim to have a “big heart” was consistent with using “anchor baby” to describe children of illegal immigrants.
“You said that you have a big heart, and that you’re not mean-spirited. Are you aware that the term ‘anchor baby,’ that’s an offensive term? People find that hurtful,” the reporter said.
“You mean it’s not politically correct, and yet everybody uses it?” Trump replied. “You know what? Give me a different term.”
The reporter proposed “the American-born childs [sic] of undocumented immigrants.”
Trump had none of it.
“You want me to use that? Okay. I’ll use the word ‘anchor baby.'”
Trump isn’t the only GOP candidate willing to use the term. Also on Wednesday, Jeb Bush said on Bill Bennett’s radio program “Morning in America” that as president he would work for “better enforcement so that you don’t have these, you know, ‘anchor babies,’ as they’re described, coming into the country.”
The remark drew a rebuke from Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton:
They're called babies. https://t.co/VyJJA26OVl
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 19, 2015
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