Cyrus Engineer, Express, September 1, 2016
A conservative commentator and Donald Trump supporter sparked outrage after an explosive anti-immigrant rant on live TV.
Sky News host Kay Burley was forced to intervene after Republican Lauren Southern, from The Rebel, a conservative Canadian media organisation, questioned why legal immigration “even exists anymore”.
In a discussion about Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and his promise to deport millions of illegal immigrants from America, she said: “Everyone seems to feel so bad for all these illegal immigrants and all these refugees coming in on boats.
“What about the people waiting five years to come in legally?
“I don’t know why legal immigration even exists anymore when I can just put on some bronzer, get on a dingy boat and just show up at the beaches of Sicily with the Koran in my hand.”
At this point, Burley was forced to interrupt, telling Southern: “No no, we are not saying things like that on my programme.”
Immediately following the broadcast viewers reacted with outrage to Southern’s comments.
One tweeted: “Thank u Kay Burkley 4 shutting up that racist. WTF does she mean putting on bronzer & getting on a boat?”
Burley herself branded Southern a “nasty racist” and apologised for airing her views.
“I can only apologise. Sorry,” she tweeted.
Southern herself appears to be claiming were not meant to be taken seriously.
“Jokes aren’t racist and neither is the truth, sorry to break it to you,” she tweeted.
Southern later said: “The historian I was debating on Sky News [Bill Barnard an historian of American politics] was very respectful–only issue is he offered NO solutions.
“If we want to solve problems we have to start being honest. Assimilation is necessary & legal immigrant must come first.”
During his presidential campaign Mr Trump has taken a hardline stance on immigration–even vowing to build a “great wall” along the US-Mexican border to keep out illegal immigrants from Central and South America.
“This election is our last chance to secure the border, stop illegal immigration, and reform our laws to make your life better,” he told a rally in Phoenix, Arizona on Wednesday.