Jake Tapper Battles RNC Chair Over Trump’s Anti-Immigration Video: ‘It’s Factually Inaccurate and Racially Incendiary’


As immigration tops President Donald Trump‘s list of talking points ahead of the midterms, Jake Tapper called out Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel for the commander-in-chief race-baiting with his factually inaccurate video.

Last Wednesday, Trump tweeted a clip of convicted cop killer Luis Bracamontes, an illegal immigrant whom the president claims was allowed to remain in the country by Democrats.

As it turns out, Bracamontes, after being deported, returned under the Bush administration, but McDaniel continually evaded Tapper’s line of questioning on Trump’s false narrative.

“I think the president’s highlighting the point…we didn’t want this individual in our country,” she told Tapper during Sunday’s State of the Union broadcast. “He came in first under Bill Clinton and then under George Bush and he did kill police.”

While McDaniel admits Bracamontes came back to the U.S. under Republican leadership, she was reluctant to say whether she saw any faults with Trump’s video, which Tapper described as “factually inaccurate and racially incendiary.”

“I have an issue with our immigration system that’s not being fixed and Democrats won’t work with the president, and we have caravans coming,” she said, bashing the left for what she felt was a lack of attention to the matter.

Though Tapper doubled down on his attempts at a direct answer, McDaniel argued that regardless of the erroneous story told by the video, “we didn’t want [Bracamontes] in the country.”

“He killed police. That’s not good. This is exactly why our immigration system is failing, and [Trump is] pointing that out.”

Watch the clip above via CNN.

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