'Fox & Friends' co-host defends calling border crossings an 'invasion': 'It's not anti-hispanic, it's a fact'

Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade came under fire after defending the use of the word “invasion” to describe border crossings. The word has been used by President Donald Trump and others despite objections from many who feel the description is “racist” and could incite violence.

Kilmeade defended the word, saying, “When you have over 110,000 people coming a month, over a million last year, and then well over a million this year. If you use the term ‘an invasion’ that’s not anti-Hispanic, it’s a fact.” Kilmeade added, “If the Russians were coming through Alaska, through Canada, the president would be using the same language.”

Trump most recently used the term in a June tweet:

The word “invasion” was also used in a manifesto posted by the man recently accused of opening fire an El Paso, Texas store, killing at least 31 people.

Viewers on Twitter were divided, with some expressing that Kilmeade’s defense of the term “invasion” was off the mark:

Others agreed with Kilmeade, and felt the description is appropriate:

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