Fox & Friends' Brian Kilmeade embraces invasion as a 'fact' after El Paso shooter used the same word

Brian Kilmeade on Fox and Friends
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Fox News hosts haven't exactly abandoned their "invasion" rhetoric just yet.

President Trump has spent his presidency vilifying a so-called "invasion" of migrants crossing the U.S. border with Mexico, leading plenty of stars on the conservative network to adopt the term as well. Trump's usage of the term has received extra scrutiny after it appeared in the El Paso shooter's racist manifesto posted online, but that didn't stop Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade from defending it yet again on Tuesday.

During Trump's favorite morning show, which he was clearly watching on Tuesday, Kilmeade cited a few numbers regarding immigration and then said "if you use the term 'an invasion,' that's not anti-Hispanic. It's a fact." Trump would "be using the same language" if it were Russians coming into America, Kilmeade continued.

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Kilmeade is among several Fox News hosts who've referred to the influx of migrants at the Mexican border as an "invasion." Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Rush Limbaugh, and Pete Hegseth are also on that list.

The only prominent Fox News host who seems to have a problem with the "invasion" term is straight-news anchor Shep Smith, who declared "there is no invasion" in a noteworthy monologue contradicting Trump last year.

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