A CNN panel on Monday night doubled down on the idea that President Trump’s use of the word “breeding” is “racist” and “ugly.”
Earlier in the day, CNN political analyst April Ryan asked White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders what the president meant when he tweeted that “Sanctuary areas want OUT of this ridiculous, crime infested & breeding concept.”
There is a Revolution going on in California. Soooo many Sanctuary areas want OUT of this ridiculous, crime infested & breeding concept. Jerry Brown is trying to back out of the National Guard at the Border, but the people of the State are not happy. Want Security & Safety NOW!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2018
Sanders said that the president meant it is a “growing problem,” but Ryan seemed dissatisfied with the answer and later complained about it on CNN with a panel of other guests.
“This is not a man who is artful with his language,” Frank Bruni, a New York Times columnist said. “The idea that he used the word ‘breeding’ as a synonym for ‘growing’ or ‘spreading’ — that just doesn’t pass the laugh test.”
Anchor Erin Burnett added, “obviously the word ‘breeding’ here, all kinds of implications, April, that could come from it and pretty much all of them are pretty racist.”
“Yes, because you’re talking about a community that you’re looking down as animals and its ugly, its an ugly statement,” Ryan declared. “It’s not normal. For polite company, it’s not acceptable. So if he thinks Latinos ‘breed,’ that’s what he thinks but it’s wrong.”