Tom Brokaw has been slammed by viewers for remarks he made about Hispanics during his appearance on Sunday's “Meet the Press.”
The NBC News anchor was included on the panel discussing immigration.
“A lot of this we don’t want to talk about but the fact is on the Republican side, a lot of people see the rise of an extraordinary important new constituency in American politics — Hispanics, who will come here and all be Democrats,” Brokaw said. “I hear when I push people a little harder, ‘I don’t know whether I want brown grandbabies.’ That’s also a part of it. It’s the intermarriage that’s going on and the cultures that are conflicting with each other.”
Before he added that “the Hispanics should work harder at assimilation.”
“That’s one of the things that I’ve been saying for a long time, you know, that they ought not to be just codified in their communities but make sure that all of their kids are learning to speak English and that they feel comfortable in the communities. And that’s going to take outreach on both sides, frankly.”
Yamiche Alcindor, a PBS correspondent who also sat on the panel called him out for his ignorant remarks
“I would just say that we also need to adjust what we think of as America. You’re talking about assimilation. I grew up in Miami, where people speak Spanish, but their kids speak English. And the idea that we think Americans can only speak English, as if Spanish and other languages wasn’t always part of America, is, in some ways, troubling," she told him.
Brokaw was then forced to issue an apology via his Twitter in a series of tweets:
"i feel terrible a part of my comments on Hispanics offended some members of that proud culture" he wrote.
"from my days reporting on cesar chavez to documenting the many contributions of hispanics in all parts of our culture
"i’ve worked hard to knock down false stereo types. in my final comment in Meet i said ALL sides hv to work harder at finding common ground - which i strongly believe dialogue not division
"my twitter acct failed me at the worst time.
" i am sorry, truly sorry, my comments were offensive tomany. the great enduring american tradition of diversity is to be celebrated and cherished. yamiche, thank u for your comments. let’s go forward together.
"finally, i am sorry - i never intended to disparage any segment of our rich, diverse society which defines who we are."
Watch the panel below.