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Cokie Roberts Pushes Trump: 'What About the Children?'

MSNBC's "Morning Joe"

By    |   Wednesday, 09 March 2016 11:55 AM

Donald Trump attempted to derail ABC journalist Cokie Roberts Wednesday morning by telling her she asked a "very nasty question" of him, when she wanted to know if he is "proud" of reports that white teens and children have been using his name and threats of deportation to taunt children of color, but she pressed on with her questions over his interruptions.

"I'm not proud of it because I didn't even hear of it, okay?" Trump told her on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "And I don't like it at all when I hear about it. You're the first one who's told me about it."

"There have been incidents of children, white children, pointing to their darker-skinned classmates and saying, 'You'll be deported when Donald Trump is president,'" Roberts told him. "There have been incidents of white kids at basketball games holding up signs to teams which have Hispanic kids on them, saying, 'We're going to build a wall to keep you out.'"

He interrupted her while she told him that the incidents had been widely reported, telling her that "that's not the purpose of it. We want to make America great again," he said. "We want to bring back industry. We want to bring back our jobs from China and Japan and by the way, Mexico, which has taken so many of our jobs. I have not heard about these instances."

But she kept up the line of questioning: "When you talk about deporting people and you talk about building a wall and you talk about banning Muslims, doesn't that have an effect on children, doesn't that have an effect on the whole discourse?" 

She tried again to get him to talk about the children, but Trump started talking about his plans to build a border wall with a "big beautiful door in that wall and people can come into our country because we want people to come in."

"But what about the children, Mr. Trump?' Roberts persisted.  

"I think the messages are very positive you know. Make America great again is a very positive message, not a negative message," Trump said, never answering her question about children.

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Donald Trump attempted to derail ABC journalist Cokie Roberts Wednesday morning by telling her she asked a "very nasty question" of him, when she wanted to know if he is "proud" of reports that white teens and children have been using his name and threats of deportation to...
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