When CNN political analyst April Ryan on Monday likened the president’s use of the word "breeding" in describing crime in California to "animals breeding," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn't mince words to express her disagreement.
Trump tweeted last week that sanctuary cities breed crime, saying California is "crime-infested" as a result.
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"There is a Revolution going on in California," Trump tweeted. "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."
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2018
April Ryan asked specifically about the word "breeding," prompting Sanders to explain Trump used that word to say California has a problem with crime among illegal residents of the state.
"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," Sanders said. "And the president is doing what he can to do that."
Ryan then asked whether the choice of that word had to do with Trump likening certain people to "animals breeding."
"When you think of breeding, you think of animals breeding, populating," Ryan said.
"I'm not going to think what you think. Certainly, I think it can mean a lot of things to a lot of people, but the president is talking about a growing problem," Sanders replied. "I don't have anything to add."