“The former longtime anchor of this broadcast is in the news,” Lester Holt began, playing footage of Brokaw’s gobsmacking remarks, also noting the Brokaw torching that followed was “widespread” and “almost immediate,” and that Brokaw had apologized.
During a panel discussion about President Donald Trump’s Border Wall, Brokaw said, “The fact is, on the Republican side, a lot of people see the rise of an extraordinarily important new constituent in American politics, Hispanics. Also, I hear, when I push people: ‘I don’t know if I want brown grand-babies.’ That also is a part of it. It’s the intermarriage that’s going on and the cultures that are conflicting with each other,” Brokaw continued.
“I also happen to believe that Hispanics should work harder at assimilation,” Brokaw added
NBC Nightly News’s coverage didn’t tell us anything we did not already know, except it included a statement from NBC News, read by reporter Stephanie Gosk: “Tom’s comments were inaccurate and inappropriate and we’re glad he apologized.”