Donald Trump responded to NPR’s Cokie Roberts on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” by saying that she had asked a “nasty” question. On the morning show today, Roberts asked if Trump was “proud” of alleged reports of white children harassing and taunting children of dark color, citing some of Trump’s previous remarks. Trump said that he was unaware of the reports Roberts cited.
“There have been incidents of children, white children, pointing to their darker skinned classmates and saying, ‘You’ll be deported when Donald Trump is president,’” said Roberts. She continued, asking “Are you proud of that? Is that something you’ve done in American political and social discourse that you’re proud of?”
When Trump responded that he had not heard of these accusations, Roberts said they had been reported in many newspapers. “When you talk about deporting people and talk about building a wall and banning Muslims… Does it have an effect on the whole discourse? …What about the effect on children?”
Trump responded that voters are responding positively to him because his “messages are very positive.” He added, “‘Make America Great Again’ is a very positive message. Not a negative message.”
Born in Louisiana, Roberts is the daughter of Rep. Lindy Boggs (D-LA) and Rep. Hale Boggs (D-LA). Roberts' father served as Majority Leader of the House of Representatives and as a member of the Warren Commission. Her mother also served as U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican.