Rupert Murdoch, the CEO of Fox News' parent company, called Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's characterization of Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists “wrong,” while Fox News has been leading the charge in defending Trump.
Trump Repeatedly Characterized Mexican Immigrants As Criminals, “Rapists”
Trump: Mexican Immigrants Are “Bringing Drugs. They're Bringing Crime. They're Rapists.” Trump linked “illegal immigration with violent crime” and characterized illegal immigration as a “public menace” during his July 11 speech, doubling down on the incendiary comments characterizing Mexican immigrants as “rapists” and criminals he made during his campaign announcement speech:
Trump covered familiar ground during Saturday's event, linking illegal immigration with violent crime and arguing America is no longer competitive in the global economy.
The White House hopeful's tough talk drew Hispanic protesters, who tried disrupting his remarks that evening.
Security ejected the hecklers, as Trump continued describing illegal immigration as a public menace.
Trump has weathered three weeks of international outrage over his formal campaign launch in New York last month.
The New York business mogul sharply criticized Hispanic immigrants and Mexico during the speech June 16.
“They're sending people who have a lot of problems,” Trump said during his announcement speech at New York City's Trump Tower.
“They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists,” he added. “And some, I assume, are good people.” [The Hill, 7/11/15]
Rupert Murdoch Calls Out Trump For Baseless Claims About Mexican Immigrants
Murdoch: Trump's Claims About Mexican Immigrants Are “Wrong.” The next day, Rupert Murdoch, the CEO of Fox News' parent company 21st Century Fox, declared Trump is “wrong” for his comments on Mexican immigrants, pointing out that “Mexican immigrants, as with all immigrants, have much lower crime rates than native born”:
Mexican immigrants, as with all immigrants, have much lower crime rates than native born. Eg El Paso safest city in U.S. Trump wrong.
-- Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) July 12, 2015
Meanwhile, Fox News Has Led The Charge Defending Trump's Offensive Immigration Rhetoric
Sean Hannity: “I Agree With Mr. Trump.” Fox host Sean Hannity cited his experience at the U.S.-Mexico border to defend Trump, saying “I agree with Mr. Trump, as somebody who has been down to the border 11 times, I have seen the drug warehouses, I was there when criminals were arrested, I know the human trafficking side.” [Fox News, Hannity, 6/30/15]
O'Reilly: Trump Was “Highlighting A Problem ... That Is Harming The Nation.” Bill O'Reilly justified Trump's insensitive comments on the June 29 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, suggesting Trump was merely “highlighting a problem ... that is harming the nation.” [Fox News, The O'Reilly Factor, 6/29/15]
Steve Doocy: Trump Is “Probably Right.” Fox's Steve Doocy excused Trump's comments, saying “When you think about it, he's probably right. Our unsecured southern border is a problem” during the June 30 edition of Fox & Friends. [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 6/30/15]