White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was having none of CNN’s undermining questions during Monday’s press briefing.
Sanders shut down CNN political analyst April Ryan when she questioned President Trump’s language in his strong stand against California’s sanctuary policies, telling the reporter she was “not going to begin to think what you think.”
Ryan read one of the president’s tweets regarding the liberal immigration policies in California and pressed the issue in an inane question to Sanders about one of the words the president used.
There is a Revolution going on in California. Soooo many Sanctuary areas want OUT of this ridiculous, crime infested & breeding concept. Jerry Brown is trying to back out of the National Guard at the Border, but the people of the State are not happy. Want Security & Safety NOW!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2018
“The President’s very clear in his statements about this issue,” Ryan said, referring to Trump’s use of the word “breeding.”
“What does he mean by ‘breeding’?” Ryan asked.
“The president has recognized this is a major problem, and a lot of people even in California want to see the issue of sanctuary cities addressed,” Sanders responded. “And the president is doing what he can to do that.”
But when Ryan again questioned Trump’s word choice, the press secretary was quick to voice her disagreement with the direction she was going.
“When you think of breeding, you think of animals breeding, populating,” Ryan said.
“I’m not going to think what you think. Certainly, I think it can mean a lot of things to a lot of people, but the president is talking about a growing problem,” Sanders replied. “I don’t have anything to add.”
Sanders had earlier dismissed CNN’s Jim Acosta during Monday’s press briefing as he attempted to use the same term in a race-baiting question.
“Can I ask you about a tweet that the president put out last week?” he asked, after already having Sanders respond to a previous question.
“He tweeted a lot over the weekend, but, last week, he was talking about sanctuary cities in California and, saying there was a revolution going on in California, some of these ‘sanctuary areas want out of this ridiculous crime infested and breeding concept,'” Acosta said, referring to the president’s tweet.
“We haven’t had a chance to ask you about that tweet — when he used the word breeding, was he making a derogatory term about Latinos in California?” Acosta asked. “That they breed a lot, or that they’re prone to breeding?”
“No,” Sanders quickly shut Acosta down. “He’s talking about the problem itself growing and getting bigger.”
She moved on without letting Acosta get in another question.
While it seems like the president’s use of the term would be self-explanatory as a way to describe a problem that continues to grow larger, liberals appear to be always on the lookout for some nefarious underlying message in Trump’s remarks.
Rep. Ted Lieu had even reacted to the tweet as “despicable” in a disrespectful tweet of his own.
Dear @realDonaldTrump: Crime rates in CA decreased from 2010 to 2016 (the latest report). You seem obsessed with CA & your use of the term “breeding” is despicable.
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) April 18, 2018
“You seem obsessed with CA & your use of the term ‘breeding’ is despicable,” the California Democrat tweeted, challenging the president to “do a toxic rally” in the state.
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