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GOP Strategist: Trump Supporters ‘Want Anybody Who’s Darker Than A Latte Deported’


GOP Strategist: Trump Supporters ‘Want Anybody Who’s Darker Than A Latte Deported’

GOP strategist Rick Wilson said Wednesday that Trump supporters “want anybody who’s darker than a latte deported” while arguing that some in the administration “love the whole optics of this cruel exercise” of separating migrant children from their families.

“The pictures of the cruelty of this administration are a very deliberate part of this,” Wilson told anchor Poppy Harlow during a panel discussion on “CNN Newsroom.”

“They’re a feature not a bug of the Trump administration’s policy. Nobody inside the Trump administration is unhappy with these things because they’re talking to their base, they’re only talking to their core supporters, and their core supporters want anyone who’s darker than a latte deported.”

“They don’t believe in the asylum process, they want to separate the families as a deterrence, a sort of theater of cruelty,” Wilson added. “[Trump aide] Stephen Miller and the guys in the white nationalist faction of the party are very happy about this. They love the whole optics of this cruel exercise.”

“They wanted their base to see this,” Wilson argued. “They had no intention to return these children to their families, ever, and now they have to, and that’s why they’re having so much trouble doing it.”

Wilson later defended his comments in a series of tweets:

The Hill added:

The remarks come as the White House faces considerable criticism from lawmakers on the both sides of the aisle over the “zero tolerance” policy that separated children from their parents after crossing the U.S. border illegally, despite Trump signing an executive order on June 20 to end the practice. A federal judge said the administration needs to expedite the reunification process after it missed Tuesday’s deadline for all separated children under the age of 5 to be back with their parents.

“These are firm deadlines; they are not aspirational goals,” U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw said. “I would like the process to continue as expeditiously as it has been with paramount focus on the children’s welfare.”


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