While attacking Donald Trump's immigration plan on his MSNBC show, Al Sharpton made a mistake that will likely make some of his Brooklyn neighbors unhappy.
Sharpton's error? He incorrectly lumped Puerto Ricans in with non-U.S. citizens when he said, "people that were from Puerto Rico all would have to go back if their parents were undocumented."
Sharpton is wrong on Puerto Rico. In 1917, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Jones Act, making all Puerto Ricans American citizens.
The MSNBC host's miscue is a surprise, especially when one considers he was born and raised in Brooklyn, a borough of New York City with almost 200,000 Puerto Ricans.
The lowest-rated MSNBC prime-time host was not just wrong about Puerto Rico, he was off by almost 100 years.
The full quote from Monday night's show:
"I grew up in Brooklyn, New York. I went to school not only with people from the Caribbean, uh, Trinidad, Haiti, Jamaica, people that were Russian Jews, people that were from Puerto Rico — all would have to go back if their parents were undocumented."
Watch the clip, via MSNBC:
On his MSNBC show on Monday, August 24, Sharpton issued the following correction.
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