A chyron is worth a thousand words. Well, more like ten, in this case. But what a ten they were.
CNN admitted in chyron form that it had gotten things a little incorrect when it accused President Donald Trump of being hostile to immigrants on Thursday, at least this time.
Trump said of members of MS-13 Wednesday that “You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people, these are animals, and we’re taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that’s never happened before.”
But many news outlets, including CNN, took that quote out of context and thought Trump was referring to illegal immigrants as a whole, something noted earlier on Thursday by Mediaite‘s Joseph Wolfsohn.
Meanwhile, CNN’s Brianna Keilar noted later that the original conversation was about MS-13 and asked Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) if the president’s comments are less offensive in that context.
“I appreciate that you are making sure that the context of the president’s remarks are included in this conversation and debate, but let’s also put into context what this president’s been doing since the campaign,” Lujan Grisham replied, saying she found his remarks to be “incredibly insensitive, offensive, and they are intended to divide this country and to sow fear in places that it doesn’t need to exist.”
For his part, Trump reiterated his claim when asked about it at the White House Thursday.
“We have laws that are laughed at on immigration. So when the MS-13 comes in, when the other gang members come into our country I refer to them as animals,” Trump said. “And guess what. I always will.”
Watch above, via CNN.
Correction: A previous version of this post misidentified Jim Acosta as the reporter who asked Trump about his immigration claims.
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