Trump tweeted a strange, racist term and Sarah Sanders has no explanation

"I think that it could mean a lot of things to a lot of people."


During a news briefing on Monday, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders repeatedly dodged questions about what President Trump meant when he blasted the “breeding concept” of sanctuary cities — a term that was widely interpreted as a racist dogwhistle meant to dehumanize immigrants.

“When he used the term ‘breeding,’ was he making a derogatory term about Latinos in California, that they breed a lot, or that they’re prone to breeding?” asked CNN’s Jim Acosta.


Sanders did not even attempt to explain what Trump meant. Instead, she simply denied Trump intended for the tweet to be derogatory, and said he was merely “talking about the problem itself growing and getting bigger.” She called on another reporter before Acosta had a chance to follow up.

Later, American Urban Radio Networks’ April Ryan asked Sanders to explain exactly what Trump meant by “breeding.” Sanders again avoided the question, saying that “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.”

“But what does breeding mean to this president?” Ryan followed up. “Because when you think of breeding, you think of animals breeding, populating.”

Sanders feigned offense at Ryan’s observation.

“I’m not going to begin to think what you think what you think,” she said. “Certainly, I think that it could mean a lot of things to a lot of people. But the president is talking about a growing problem, and I addressed that with Jim. I don’t have anything else to add.”

Sanders has repeatedly dismissed Trump’s racist comments by insisting that he was merely trying to raise awareness about an underlying issue. For instance, after Trump retweeted three inflammatory and misleading videos about Muslims in the UK last November, Sanders insisted he was trying to make a point about national security.

“Look, I’m not talking about the nature of the video. I think you’re focusing on the wrong thing,” Sanders told reporters. “The threat is real, and that’s what the president is talking about is the need for national security, the need for military spending, and those are very real things, there’s nothing fake about them.”