Liberals Slam ‘White Supremacist’ Tom Brokaw for Saying Hispanics Need to Assimilate

‘I don’t know whether I want brown grand babies.’

Tom Brokaw, a longtime former NBC News anchor, was deluged with criticism from liberals for opining in a TV interview Sunday that Hispanics need to “worker harder at assimilation.”

“A lot of this we don’t want to talk about,” Brokaw said at the end of a segment on NBC’s “Meet the Press. He went on to note that a lot of Republicans assume America’s growing Hispanic population “will come here and all be Democrats.”

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The famed broadcaster might wish he had stopped there, as what followed proved seriously triggering to the left. Brokaw acknowledged a cultural conflict between whites and Hispanics and seemed to give credence to those who have concerns about “brown grandbabies.”

“Also, I hear, when I push people a little harder, ‘Well, I don’t know whether I want brown grandbabies.’ I mean, that’s also a part of it. It’s the intermarriage that is going on and the cultures that are conflicting with each other,” he said. 

Brokaw then committed the sin of expressing some explicit agreement with the right, including by making the instantly infamous assimilation comment.

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“I also happen to believe that the Hispanics should work harder at assimilation,” he said. “That’s one of the things I’ve been saying for a long time. You know, they ought not to be just codified in their communities but make sure that all their kids are learning to speak English, and that they feel comfortable in the communities. And that’s going to take outreach on both sides, frankly.”

In keeping with the new callout culture, the pushback started while the cameras were still rolling. Yamiche Alcindor, a PBS correspondent who appeared alongside Brokaw on the “Meet the Press” panel, protested the idea that “America can only speak English.”

“I grew up in Miami, where people speak Spanish, but their kids speak English,” she said. “And the idea that we think America can only speak English, as if Spanish and other languages wasn’t always part of America, is, in some ways, troubling.”

Twitter quickly piled on. One popular tweet accused Brokaw of giving “credence to white supremacist ideology.”

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida ― who lost her job as chair of the Democratic National Committee after not being particularly inclusive of candidates other than Hillary Clinton ― called Brokaw’s comments “disappointing.” She also paid lip service to “loving one another” and showed off her Spanish skills to constituents.

On Sunday afternoon and into the evening, Brokaw made a series of attempts to apologize, which liberal Twitter generally agreed not to accept. 

According to some, Brokaw was just trying to excuse his “bigoted comments.”

The incident seemed to reflect the extent to which President Donald Trump’s hardline stance on immigration has polarized the country.

Fed-up conservatives have been emboldened to demand more extreme measures at the border, like the wall. Meanwhile, liberals who under President Barack Obama were supportive of at least model immigration controls have now begun to sound more like advocates of open-borders. House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California last week decried Trump’s proposed barrier as only impractical, but “immoral.”

Then, of course, there are those among the new class of Democrats lawmakers, like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, who have taken to vilifying those who enforce immigration law.

And Brokaw wonders why Republicans thinks the Democrats may be anticipating an enlarged voter base.

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