On Monday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Hucakbee Sanders tried to explain the President’s tweets. Trump sent out these tweets last week, during which he complained about how sanctuary cities were “crime infested & breeding concept.”
“There is a Revolution going on in California. Soooo many Sanctuary areas want OUT of this ridiculous, crime infested & breeding concept,” tweeted Trump on Wednesday.
“There is a Revolution going on in California. Soooo many Sanctuary areas want OUT of this ridiculous, crime infested & breeding concept. Jerry Brown is trying to back out of the National Guard at the Border, but the people of the State are not happy. Want Security & Safety NOW!”
During the press briefing, CNN reporter Jim Acosta inquired whether Trump was directing this tweet at the Latinos living in California.
“No, he’s talking about the problem itself growing and getting bigger,” responded Sanders with vehemence.
April Ryan, an American Urban Radio Networks’ reporter asked Sanders about what Trump meant by the word “breeding” in his tweet.
“The President has recognized this is a major problem. A lot of people, even in California, want to see the issue of sanctuary cities addressed,” stated Sanders.
“When you think of breeding, you think of animals breeding, populating,” said Ryan.
“I’m not going to begin to think what you think,” declared Sanders. “Certainly I think it could mean a lot of things to a lot of people. But the President is talking about a growing problem.”
Another reporter asked Sanders whether by “breeding”, President Trump was referring to “people having babies.”
“Not that I’m aware of,” clarified Sanders. “I would have to ask him to be more specific.”
In the recent weeks, Trump sent out numerous tweets in which he claimed how sanctuary cities were undermining the country’s laws. Trump’s administration has lately been taking action against jurisdictions where the local police is not enforcing the federal immigration laws.
President Trump and White House officials kept mum on the questions that arose regarding the context of Trump’s usage of the word “breeding”. However, it certainly did not stop people from speculating on what his tweet exactly meant. Some of Trump’s followers on social media claimed that there could have been a typo in the tweet and that instead of saying “breeding concept”, he meant to say “breeding contempt”.
According to a Bloomberg reporter, Justin Sink, this matter could quickly have been resolved if Sarah Sanders would have used the same explanation as for the people on social media who were claiming this to be a typo. “If [Sarah] could just say that the President meant to type ‘breeding contempt’ instead of ‘breeding concept’ this might be easier,” he tweeted.
“If Sarah could just say that the President meant to type “breeding contempt” instead of “breeding concept” this might be easier”
Different people are drawing different conclusions; the only way for this to go away is if Trump himself clarifies what he meant in his tweet.