Juan Williams Blasts Trump on Caravan: 'My GOP Friends Are Buying This Stale Bread of Hatred'
Juan Williams blasted President Donald Trump and some of his Republican acolytes while discussing the Central American migrant caravan Tuesday on The Five.
Williams said that Trump is using fiery rhetoric against the caravan members and making purportedly unverified claims -- including there being potential terrorists therein -- because he is "absent a message for the midterms."
Jesse Watters said that he has seen reports showing a large percentage of the caravan is made up of younger, working-age males who are "economic refugees" and not explicitly fleeing "violence" as mainstream media pundits have claimed.
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"When they get [here] they're going to wire [funds back] to El Salvador," he said, adding that instead of marching toward the U.S., they should "march against their own corrupt governments -- that would solve a lot of problems."
Williams blasted Watters' remarks, saying that Trump "doesn't have proof" for many of his claims about the migrants.
"He just pushes the fear button when he doesn't have anything else to say. And, my Republican friends buy this stale bread of hatred," Williams said.
Williams added that Trump described himself as a "nationalist" at a rally for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and said the remark made him think of former Breitbart editor Steve Bannon -- who he said had ties to "white nationalists."
Williams said Trump is being "intentionally divisive" and that the "far right" has a history of denying rights to immigrants.
"This is lowball politics," he said. "Conservatives historically have been empathetic, compassionate people -- unlike this president."