Journalists were quick to take to Twitter and the airwaves as soon as President Donald Trump’s primetime plea for a border wall was broadcast Tuesday evening.
Trump discussed public safety, economic and illicit drug issues he said stem from illegal immigration as the partial government shutdown triggered by his push for border wall funding hit Day 18.
Members of the media reacted almost immediately.
“I see the president’s face but I hear Stephen Miller’s voice,” tweeted Maggie Haberman of The New York Times, referring to Trump’s senior policy advisor who has defended shutting down the government for border security.
“How is this a call for bipartisanship?” she added.
Other journalists appeared in network fact checks between Trump’s address and Democrats’ rebuttal.
“Just because you say it’s a crisis doesn’t necessarily make it one,” Cecilia Vega of ABC News said, referencing Trump’s characterization of the issue as a “crisis at our southern border.”
Others called Trump racist.
“Sickening to hear Trump try to bait the Latino and Black communities with false, racist trope about immigrants taking jobs. If he really cared about people of color in the U.S. he would stop his nativist agenda and would’ve easily denounced the KKK in Charlottesville for starters,” tweeted CNN political commentator Karen Finney.
“Why is Trump asking for more money for his wall now that Democrats control the U.S. House than he did when the Republicans controlled everything? He needs to create a fight to distract from Muller Muller Muller Muller,” Finney later tweeted.
Washington Post media reporter Erik Wemple found Trump’s address to be more of the same.
“Looks like the White House secured major network TV time for an address that repeats all of the president’s arguments on immigration, only, this time, through a TelePrompTer,” Wemple wrote on Twitter.
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