But for sheer, vile, slander, it will be hard to top the calumny uttered by Nicolle Wallace on her MSNBC show Monday afternoon. Wallace actually claimed that President Trump is "talking about exterminating Latinos."
Here's the transcript from Deadline: White House at 4:13 p.m. Eastern:
RAUL REYES: In words and actions throughout his presidency, he's basically declared open-season on Latinos because we are one of his favorite targets . . . And it’s not just the language he used, you mentioned calling Mexicans drug dealers and rapists when he came down the escalator. That was day one. Then it escalated into attacks on Latino journalists. It escalated into attacks on the so-called, in his words, Mexican judge.
NICOLLE WALLACE: Curiel.
REYES: Then ramped it up again to the invasion, warning people of a caravan and words like infestation. What do you do with an infestation? With an infestation, the natural conclusion is attempt an extermination.
WALLACE: What do you do when, certainly, the last Republican president fought for, sought and it's not ideal but had 44% of Latino voters. So politically powerful inside the last Republican administration. President Obama used the power of the presidency to try to pass comprehensive immigration reform, with the Latino community, Latino leaders, at the table. You now have a president, as you said, talking about exterminating Latinos.
Wallace twisted the already-outrageous words of her guest Raul Reyes, a frequent CNN contributor. Reyes had said that Trump has spoken of "infestation," and that "with an infestation, the natural conclusion is to attempt an extermination."
But Reyes stopped short of claiming that Trump had actually spoken of "exterminating Latinos." Wallace didn't. The Trump-hatred of this erstwhile aide to George W. and John McCain is so all-consuming that no accusation against Trump, no matter how slanderous, is seemingly off-limits.
President Trump has never described immigrants or Latinos as an "infestation." Yes, he has spoken of crime or drug-infested areas. But that is a commonplace among politicians, putting him in the company, among others, of Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings, who called his home city of Baltimore "drug-infested."
Note: Wallace opened the show by attempting to affix blame for the mass shootings not only on President Trump, but also on her network's far-more successful competitor, Fox News. Wallace claimed that President Trump's "racist language" is sometimes "preceded by similar attacks from Fox News and other right-wing media."