CNN Commentator Scottie Nell Hughes has come under fire for expressing her irritation that Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s newly-appointed running mate, had chosen to deliver a bilingual speech at a rally in Miami, addressing the crowd in both English and Spanish.
Hughes argued that although she was in favour of the “multicultural” aspect of the vice presidential candidate’s speech, she felt that his decision to speak in a language other than English was representative of exclusionary behaviour that continues to divide the nation.
“We can all bring out our language,” Hughes said. “Melania [Trump] could come out and speak her five languages as well.”
She went on to say that she appreciated that in Donald Trump’s public appearances, he has chosen to speak “in a language that all Americans understand. That is English.”
“I’m hoping I’m not going to have to kinda start brushing up on my ‘Dora the Explorer’ to understand some of the speeches given this week,” Hughes said.
Before long, social media was flooded with critical and biting comments taking issues with Hughes’ comments, which many argued were absurd and vaguely racist.
“First they came for Big Bird, then My Little Pony, and now Dora the Explorer,” Janet Morris tweeted. “Why do Republicans fixate on children’s programming?”
However, many rushed to Hughes’ aid in order to defend her, with one Twitter commenter pointing out that, “In other countries ppl can’t enter if they don’t speak the tongue, why do we have to take care of everybodyyy.”