Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade "clarified" his racially-tinged defense of Donald Trump’s separation of migrant children from their parents by, essentially, reiterating his argument that we should not care too much because the children are not American.
Kilmeade was roasted on social media earlier when, while cohosting Fox & Friends, he said about the children separated from their families, “These aren't our kids. …it’s not like [Trump] is doing this to the people of Idaho or Texas. “
Media Matters caught Kilmeade’s follow-up comments on his Fox News Radio show which airs after Fox & Friends:
KILMEADE: All kids are important, all kids are special. What I'm just trying to say, in this country when they come in, that as the president of the United States, you can only do so much for so many. And that's why we give so many aids (sic) to other countries. So everybody's important, but for the president of the United States, his point seems to be that the kids in this country are his priority. But straightening out the immigration laws at the border are key, that's why I hope something gets done. That's the bigger point on all of this.
But about kids and compassion, of course. That's why people, especially people I know, you give money to people outside our borders. But when it comes to our country, I think that you have to have a priority because you can't pay for everybody. Everybody for everything that you want, especially when you're a country that's $20 trillion in debt. And overall, get it fixed.
Yeah, well plenty of that debt came from Trump’s tax cuts. And besides that, the child separation policies are costing plenty. As MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle pointed out today, if Kilmeade really cares about taxpayer money, he should “think about the money that is being blown, that is being spent, that is being flushed down a toilet for this political theater” of Trump’s chaotic policy.
Listen to Kilmeade’s unapologetic defense and Ruhle’s blistering response below, from Fox News Radio’s June 22, 2018 The Brian Kilmeade Show and MSNBC’s June 22, 2018 Velshi and Ruhle, both via Media Matters.
Faith-based organizations should re-think hiring this clown to be keynote speaker at their fundraisers. He’s a waste of money.
If these migrant kids were of Irish and Italian decent, this fool, Kilmeade, would exclaim “This is our kids!”
NOTE TO KILMEADE
Your host gig at the Wounded Warrior gala this month was a disgrace. Donors to this fine organization should be outraged, as well.
Can America save every child in the world? Certainly not. But that’s not what this conversation is about. It’s about ~2,000 children Trump has cruelly and cynically separated from their parents in order to force a political result – building his wall, etc. These children are within our borders, put under our care and, thus, our responsibility.
As far as Good Christian Gal™ Ainsley goes, she comes across as a fully immersed cult member who has given all responsibility for actual thinking over to Republican Jesus and his representative on Planet Earth, the divine Donald.