Republican commentator Rick Wilson said Wednesday that the Trump administration deliberately wanted the migrant crisis at the border to play out the way it has. Wilson said the Trump base doesn't want immigration of any kind and want anybody who's "darker than a latte" deported.
"I think the pictures of the cruelty of this administration are a very deliberate part of this," the CNN contributor said. "They're a feature, not a bug, of the Trump administration's policy. And so I think that we're in a situation where no one inside the administration is unhappy about these things because they're only talking to their base. They're only talking to their core supporters. And their core supporters want anybody who's darker than a latte deported. They're not happy about immigration of any kind. They don't believe in the asylum process. They want to take and separate these families as a matter of deterrence and as a matter of theater of cruelty. And I think it really doesn't speak well to their moral standing."
"There's been some reporting on this. Stephen Miller and the guys in the white nationalist faction of the party are very happy about this. They love the whole optics of this cruel sort of exercise," the GOP strategist also said.