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Former NBC Nightly News anchor  Tom Brokaw took to Twitter to issue an apology, blaming the platform after being ripped for remarks he made on Meet the Press Sunday that angered Hispanic Americans.

Brokaw made his remarks as part of a discussion on border security and whether or not there is a need for a wall, as President Trump has been urging.

“On the Republican side, a lot of people see the rise of an extraordinary, important new constituent in American politics, Hispanics, who will come here and all be Democrats,” he said.

“Also, I hear, when I push people a little harder, ‘Well, I don’t know whether I want brown grandbabies.’ I mean, that’s also a part of it. It’s the intermarriage that is going on and the cultures that are conflicting with each other,” he added.

“I also happen to believe that the Hispanics should work harder at assimilation. That’s one of the things I’ve been saying for a long time. You know, they ought not to be just codified in their communities but make sure that all 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.”

Brokaw then tried to apologize on Twitter after activists ripped him for daring to suggest that people coming to the U.S. try to assimilate and learn English which did little to sway his critics especially the National Association of Hispanic Journalists issued a statement on Sunday condemning Brokaw’s remarks and apology.

“To assert that the U.S. is not the melting pot that the country prides itself on being, is disinformation as the U.S. has always had immigrants and a mixture of races, religious beliefs and languages in its history. It is these values in fact that makes the country fascinating and has spread the ‘American Dream,’” the statement read. “The ‘sorry some Hispanics were offended’ apology tweeted by Tom Brokaw earlier this evening is not an apology at all. It only further demonstrates Brokaw’s lack of understanding of what forced assimilation does to communities.”

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