Tom Brokaw Apologizes For Remarks on Failure of Hispanics to Assimilate

Tom Brokaw right backtracked from remarks he gave on

Tom Brokaw right backtracked from remarks he gave on"Meet the Press

Former " NBC Nightly News" anchor Tom Brokaw tweeted Sunday that he regrets saying on "Meet the Press" that Hispanics should "work harder at assimilation" into American culture.

Brokaw said he also happens to believe that "the Hispanics should work harder at assimilation".

While on Meet the Press, Brokaw explained that some Republicans tell him they see the Latino community as a threat because they tend to side with the Democratic party (though it's necessary to note that this community is not a monolith), but there are some who are also opposed to welcoming this group due to their skin tone (also an important time to mention that Latinos don't have a specific look). "And that's going to take outreach on both sides [Republican and Democrat], frankly". "It really was a punch in the gut to a lot of people", he said.

Gallego, along with many other lawmakers and activists, criticized Brokaw for his statement during Meet The Press on Sunday.

Nearly instantly, clips of Brokaw's comments began going viral on Twitter, where he was roundly criticized for seeming to imply that Latinos had a responsibility to try to blend in better.

ALCINDOR: I would just say that we also need to adjust what we think of as America. "I grew up in Miami, where people speak Spanish, but their kids speak English", Alcindor said.

Brokaw took to Twitter on Sunday night to do damage control after getting blasted as a "xenophobe" and "racist" throughout the day.

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Latino Victory, a left-leaning political action committee that seeks to elect Latino candidates, tweeted that Brokaw's remarks "give credence to white supremacist ideology" and "have no place in our political discourse".

Brokaw's comment makes it seem like a significant part of the motives for those who want the border secured with a wall.

Speaking on CNN's "Newsroom", liberal commentator Maria Cardona said Brokaw showed that he's a "little out of touch".

"Assimilation is denying one culture for the other", Hugo Balta, the organization's president and a senior producer at MSNBC, said in a statement.

"I am sorry, truly sorry, my comments were offensive to many. the great enduring [American] tradition of diversity is to be celebrated and cherished", Brokaw added. "Thank you for your comments, let's go forward". "You owe the Hispanic community an apology". It is these values in fact that makes the country fascinating and has spread the "American Dream, '" the group said.

The Arizona Representative tweeted at Brokaw on Monday with a picture of him and three fellow Marines in uniform following the journalist's comments he made on Sunday. "It only further demonstrates Brokaw's lack of understanding".

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