Twitter freaks out after ‘racism’ news anchor asks congressman whether he wants to vote against immigration reform

CNN’s Jim Acosta asked Republican California Congressman Duncan Hunter if he approved of online racial theories that blamed undocumented immigrants for societal problems like crime and low wages. Hunter said that the ideas were…

Twitter freaks out after ‘racism’ news anchor asks congressman whether he wants to vote against immigration reform

CNN’s Jim Acosta asked Republican California Congressman Duncan Hunter if he approved of online racial theories that blamed undocumented immigrants for societal problems like crime and low wages. Hunter said that the ideas were “ridiculous” and that as long as they remained online, it was necessary to expose them. “It’s ridiculous, don’t worry,” Hunter said. “Go on the Internet and read Breitbart and read Breitbart.com. You’ll see where a lot of this stuff comes from, that an influx of people coming over here [from] Mexico, Central America is leading to these negative things.”

Hunter’s response has been widely criticized online. BuzzFeed’s “The Lost Art of Blogging” parodied the congressman’s response:

*THANKS I’m Writing this thread faster now to write ur racist smack talk post on Twitter back up is way easier than trying to go straight through to the article and get a quote about how stupid whatever is gets blurted out when you shouldn’t be typing. — The Lost Art of Blogging (@beharringone) June 12, 2019

Acosta acknowledged that he made a mistake in his handling of the interview. “I apologize to you and to everyone who saw this,” Acosta said. “This is completely disrespectful and wrong. I never meant to say that, but what I’m saying is the idea that this young man is trying to lead with truth, facts, science and maybe know his history is failing me a little bit. I do want to get to that interview with somebody, but as soon as he said he’s going to read Breitbart.com, I shut up and moved on.”

In the New York Times, Jeremy Peters reports that a spokesman for Congressman Hunter said: “If Mr. Acosta wants to discuss his observations about the views of the internet with any of our constituents, he should just come to the office and we can speak out of turn. Our office is a public office that is easily accessible to the media by phone and email.”

Read more at BuzzFeed News.

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