Fox’s Brian Kilmeade Faces Intense Backlash For Saying Migrant Children ‘Are Not Our Kids’

Fox’s Brian Kilmeade Faces Intense Backlash For Saying Migrant Children ‘Are Not Our Kids’

In the wake of the widespread outrage over the separation of migrant families due to the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, pro-Trump media has struggled to come up with a coherent defense for the president. One of the issues they have run into is how to defend the president’s policies and actions without sounding cruel or appearing to lack compassion.

On Friday morning, Fox and Friends host Brian Kilmeade decided the direction he’d take is to essentially dehumanize the kids who had been separated from their parents and held in detention centers, noting that we shouldn’t care as much for them as Americans.

“Like it or not, these aren’t our kids,” Kilmeade said. “Show them compassion, but it’s not like he is doing this to the people of Idaho or Texas. These are people from another country and now people are saying that they’re more important than people in our country who are paying taxes and who have needs as well.”

It didn’t take long for Kilmeade’s comments to get noticed. And the reaction from folks in media and political circles was swift, intense, and harsh.

We have reached out to Fox News for comment or clarification on Kilmeade’s remarks and will update this piece if we hear back.

UPDATE: Kilmeade addressed the comments on both Twitter and his Fox News radio show. You can check out those remarks in full here.

Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.