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President Donald Trump blasted sanctuary policies in a morning tweet, but CNN saw something deeper: racism.
Trump has continually received criticism that he’s racist because of his immigration policy. CNN Digital Director Z. Byron Wolf took that a step further, suggesting that Trump viewed undocumented immigrants as animals when he mentioned “breeding” in his tweet:
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
“Soooo many Sanctuary areas want OUT of this ridiculous, crime infested & breeding concept,” Trump said.
Wolf indicated that he didn’t know what Trump’s awkwardly phrased tweet meant but speculated that Trump implied undocumented immigrants were “breeding.”
“Taken literally, the most likely explanation is that he’s talking about sanctuary cities as places where undocumented immigrants breed,” he said.
“Dogs and horses are bred,” he added. “So his use of it is, at best, dehumanizing to the immigrants he appears to be referring to.”
He went on to describe how Americans historically had a fear of immigrants breeding, something he said had an “animalistic connotation.”
Wolf said he tried to Google search for a “breeding concept” but didn’t find anything. Maybe Wolf should have searched for the common phrase “breeding crime,” a term that people often use to describe situations that produce criminal behavior.
Many on Twitter agreed with Wolf:
Trying to think of an interpretation for “breeding concept” that isn’t racist AF. Nope, not coming up with anything. https://t.co/ONufny94fx
— Betty Cracker (@bettycrackerfl) April 18, 2018
This is the most racist thing that the POS Trump has said. Breeding? WTF? He sounds like he’s talking about feral cats. I pray every day for his removal from office, before it’s too late.
& fyi? Most Californians don’t feel the same. Jerry Brown is a 100 times the man you are. https://t.co/H2AszWdWZw
— Anne Boleyn (@MsAnneBoleyn) April 18, 2018
Others, however, thought CNN was misinterpreting what Trump said or suggested the network was being ridiculous:
Everything is racism.
— K (@kalman23sept) April 18, 2018
Yeah! CNN fake News even is he say the word APPLE OR ORANGE you will immediately call it racist….that shit does not work any longer….TRY SOMETHING ELSE….
— Flohamp1 (@Flohamp48) April 18, 2018
That’s not racist at all, he’s talking about crime breeding, grow up.
— Jerry McGwire (@KeepingthePeac) April 18, 2018
Everything is racists to you! STFU!
— Kim (@kim246890) April 18, 2018
It’s possible that Trump referred to sanctuary jurisdictions as a “concept” that bred crime. That seemed likely given that he just referred to crime a few words prior.
Trump previously made that claim, using similar terminology, during an interview with Fox News last year. Trump said, “I’m very much opposed to sanctuary cities. They breed crime. There’s a lot of problems.”
Sanctuary jurisdictions, in general, restrict local law enforcement from complying with detainer requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Perhaps most famously, California refused to honor a detainer request for Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, who later shot and killed Kate Steinle in 2015.