Lewandowski, a former campaign manager for Donald Trump, was on the show to debate with Democratic strategist Zac Petkanas about the Trump administration’s controversial family separation policy. Petkanas mentioned the report of a 10-year-old Mexican girl with Down syndrome who was separated from her mother when Lewandowski interrupted by saying, “Womp, womp.”
“Did you just say ‘womp, womp’ to a 10-year-old with Down syndrome separated from her mother?” Petkanas responded. “How dare you. How dare you.”
Mexico’s Foreign Affairs Secretary Luis Videgaray shared the girl’s story at a news conference Tuesday, igniting more concerns over President Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. Videgaray told reporters that the girl and her brother are among more than 2,300 children separated from their parents in government detention centers.
Lewandowski attempted to defend his jeering remark but couldn’t get a word in against a livid Petkanas.
Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration has sparked an emotional debate about the division of families at the border. Previous administrations chose to handle deportation proceedings in civil court to avoid family divisions, but Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a change in policy in May to handle illegal border crossings as criminal prosecutions.