Conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch called out Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Twitter Sunday, saying the real estate mogul is wrong to say Mexican immigrants – or any immigrants – commit more crime than legal residents.
Murdoch's tweets join the storm of criticism and support generated by Trump's remarks during his campaign launch last month that Mexico is "not sending their best" to America.
"They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us," Trump said. "They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."
Murdoch followed up with a tweet quoting FBI statistics and asking Trump who all the other people imprisoned in the United States are.
Trump's views have been reviled by some conservatives and embraced by others. He has surprised everyone, except perhaps himself, by shooting to the top of the GOP presidential polls.
Murdoch's opinion could be important. The conservative media mogul owns Fox News Channel, where Trump has long been a favorite guest, and other powerful media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal. His News Corp. once owned the San Antonio-Express News, near the Mexican border.
Murdoch also tweeted that Trump's popularity is based on the public's frustration with Washington and "endless regulations over people's lives. Thought this was Rand Paul's issue."
Murdoch's tweets are viewed with interest by Republicans, CNN
reports, with clues sought as to whom he supports and whom he disfavors.
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