FOX’s Brian Kilmeade just gave the worst “apology” for his appalling remarks about immigrant kids

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This morning, the host of the President’s favorite television show embarked on an openly white nationalist rant that dehumanized the immigrant children thrown into Trump’s concentration camps and made a deplorable excuse for the trauma and the suffering that this administration has inflicted on them.

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FOX and Friends host Brian Kilmeade argued that we don’t need to care about migrant kids because “they aren’t our kids” and pointed out that since Trump wasn’t doing it to the people of Idaho or Texas – obvious code for “white people” – the tearing of families apart and the demonization of immigrants is somehow something we should tolerate and turn a blind eye to.

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The “our kids” line, in particular, rings a white supremacist alarm bell as it echoes what shameless white supremacist Congressman Steve King (R-IA) said when he declared that “we can’t rebuild our civilization with other people’s babies” in a widely condemned anti-refugee tweet.

Kilmeade’s remarks were apparently received just as poorly, because it didn’t take long for him to take to Twitter to hastily issue an obviously insincere and ridiculous apology that isn’t going to convince anybody but FOX viewers who aren’t quite as far right on the blood-and-soil scale.

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The problem, of course, is that he literally said that those kids coming from other countries were less important because they were foreign kids and not “like us.”

FOX and Friends’ campaign to normalize white nationalist rhetoric is a deeply disturbing thing to behold, especially in the context of a Trump administration that is rapidly ramping up their campaign of persecution and demonization against immigrants. We cannot allow this kind of talk to be swept under the rug- nor let these ghouls get away with their obviously insincere bad-faith apologies.

 

Colin Taylor

Managing Editor

Colin Taylor is the managing editor of the Washington Press. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice, equality, and universal health care in America.

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