MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace apologized Tuesday for claiming on-air that President Donald Trump is “talking about exterminating Latinos.”
Wallace’s suggestion that Trump promotes genocide came during a conversation she had Monday on “Deadline: White House” with MSNBC contributor Raul Reyes. The subject was Trump’s immigration rhetoric and policy in the wake of an apparently anti-immigrant shooting Sunday in El Paso, Texas.
“In words and actions throughout his presidency, he’s basically declared open season on Latinos,” Reyes said, before condemning Trump’s use of the term “infestation.” “What do you do with an infestation? With an infestation, the natural conclusion is to attempt an extermination. ”
“Sad to say, it’s probably inevitable,” Reyes added.
Trump has never used the word “infestation” in reference to immigration. But Wallace was nonetheless quick to agree with her guest, recalling with longing President Barack Obama’s immigration policies, which failed to win Republican buy-in and were later reversed by Trump.
“President Obama used the power of the presidency to try to pass comprehensive immigration reform, with the Latino community, Latino leaders, at the table,” she said. “You now have a president, as you said, talking about exterminating Latinos.”
After facing backlash for her misleading comment, Wallace apologized on Tuesday night, saying she “misspoke.” But she also took the opportunity to take another shot at Trump for his “constant assault on people of color.”
I misspoke about Trump calling for an extermination of Latinos. My mistake was unintentional and I’m sorry. Trump’s constant assault on people of color and his use of the word “invasion” to describe the flow of immigrants is intentional and constant.
— Nicolle Wallace (@NicolleDWallace) August 7, 2019
How Nicolle Wallace go to Trump “exterminating” comments
This was not the first time Wallace has had to apologize for anti-Trump commentary. Last May, the MSNBC host tweeted that she was sorry for talking about chocking then-White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Wallace also bragged about encouraging Jeb Bush to physically assault Trump last October following a presidential debate.
“So I told Jeb Bush after that debate that he should’ve punched him [Trump] in the face,” she said. “I said I think you should have punched him in the face and then gotten out of the race, you would’ve been a hero.”
She did not apologize in that case.
Given her track record, many questioned the Wallace’s most recent apology.
In a Tuesday night tweet, Daily Wire reporter Ryan Saavedra Tuesday pointed to the many critical replies to Wallace’s apology.
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) August 7, 2019
Prior to working as a host for MSNBC, Wallace served as White House Communications Director in the George W. Bush White house from January 2005 to July 2006. She was also a senior advisor for late Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.