WASHINGTON, D.C. – NBC News is fueling a war between the media and Donald Trump, most recently with videos of young students attacking the president with scripted racial grievances.
In two videos – “Dear Mr. President: Kids Talk Trump” and “Dear Mr. President: Letters from the American Children” – the news site records students reading off scripted comments criticizing the president’s character and labeling him a racist.
The clearly coached minors smugly chastise Trump for the proposed border wall, ban on travel from terror-linked countries, and his stances on things like gun rights while using child-speak to belittle the current Commander-in-Chief.
In Kids Talk Trump, the video quotes the president discussing student safety before cutting to kids reciting the prepared remarks.
“When you speak on things that make me uncomfortable or I disagree with, you make me feel small, because I know I can’t change it,” one young girls reads.
“I want you to know, I don’t like your definition of American because I don’t seem to fit within it,” a black high-schooler added.
He’s followed by another younger student who appears to be half black.
“Most of my family is black. I’m afraid you are going to hurt some of us blacks,” the boy said, monotone and straight-faced.
Another black student: “Right now, you’re kind of in the middle. You’re swaying towards bad, but I think you can swing back to good.”
NBC News used Latino and Hispanic students to hammer home the notion that Trump is racist.
“You are here, attempting to whitewash America,” according to one student, who appeared to be in high school.
“You’re going to separate me away from my family,” another younger student said. “And I really don’t want that because I love them so much.”
Others, including an elementary aged white girl, made it clear they didn’t fully understand what they were talking about.
“Some of my friends are really scared about you building a wall, and the travel band (sic), because a lot of their families live in different places,” the girl said.
Other quips from the video include:
“Maybe, next time, sit down in a quiet room and fully think about what you’re going to do before you decide to do it.”
“It’s not fair for refugees.”
“There’s no need to garner so much hate for countries based on the actions of a single group or organization.”
Letters from the American Children included similar jabs, including many of the exact same clips.
“You have banned an entire group of people from coming into the United States, but now who will build this country up from the rubble you will put it under?” one girl read.
“Not letting immigrants into America is really not nice, so please let them in,” another said.
The wall and allegations of racism were the common themes.
“Just because I’m Mexican doesn’t mean you can build a wall in my country,” a student read.
“Please don’t build a wall, and don’t let people have guns,” read another.
The videos did not feature a single student who supports the president’s policies, despite numerous incidents highlighted by EAGnews and others of students facing harassment by teachers and classmates at school for backing Trump.
They also seems to bolster Trump’s assertion that “fake news media” is intentionally targeting his administration with negative coverage, an ongoing feud that’s repeatedly surfaced in press conferences and online.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
“The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” Trump posted to Twitter on Friday.