'I Assimilated Pretty Well': Brokaw's Comments about Hispanics Draw Criticism From Arizona Hispanic Lawmaker, George P. Bush

Hispanic lawmaker and U.S. Representative Ruben Gallego fired back following NBC News's Tom Brokaw claimed that Hispanics should "work harder at assimilation."

The Arizona Representative tweeted at Brokaw on Monday with a picture of him and three fellow Marines in uniform following the journalist's comments he made on Sunday.

"I assimilated pretty well," Gallego tweeted at the journalist, along with the photo.

.@tombrokaw I assimilated pretty well. pic.twitter.com/8nDmzDxR7E

— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) January 28, 2019

Gallego, along with many other lawmakers and activists, criticized Brokaw for his statement during Meet The Press on Sunday. While discussing immigration and President Donald Trump's proposed border wall, Brokaw suggested that Hispanics could assimilate better into communities if "all of their kids are learning to speak English."

"I also happen to believe that the Hispanics should work harder at assimilation. ... You know, they ought not to be just codified in their communities but make sure that all their kids are learning to speak English," Brokaw said on Sunday.

George P. Bush, the grandson of George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush, also slammed Brokaw's comments, saying that he is one of the "little brown ones" he was talking about during the NBC show.

"With all due respect @Tombrokaw I am one of those 'little brown ones' and can assure you that my grandparents conveyed to me that they loved and were proud of me before they passed," Bush wrote on Twitter on Monday.

With all due respect @Tombrokaw I am one of those “little brown ones” and can assure you that my grandparents conveyed to me that they loved and were proud of me before they passed.

— George P. Bush (@georgepbush) January 28, 2019

Following the statement, Brokaw apologized in a series of tweets on Sunday night, claiming that he felt "terrible" and was sorry if his "comments were offensive."

"I feel terrible a part of my comments on Hispanics offended some members of that proud culture. From my days reporting on [Cesar Chavez] to documenting the many contributions of [Hispanics] in all parts of our culture," Brokaw tweeted. "I've worked hard to knock down false [stereotypes]. In my final comment in Meet I[] said ALL sides [have] to work harder at finding common ground - which [I] strongly believe dialogue not division."

"I am sorry, truly sorry, my comments were offensive to many. the great enduring [American] tradition of diversity is to be celebrated and cherished," Brokaw added.

In April, the veteran journalist was accused of sexual misconduct by a former war reporter in the 1990s. Linda Vester accused Brokaw of forcibly kissing her when she was 28-years-old, Variety previously reported. She also claimed that Brokaw groped her in front of NBC colleagues and showed up to her hotel room uninvited, according to the publication. Brokaw has denied the allegations.

Tom Brokaw, NBC anchor and author, speaks at the American Visionary: John F. Kennedy's Life and Times debut gala at Smithsonian American Art Museum on May 2, 2017, in Washington, DC. U.S. Representative Ruben Gallego and George P. Bush criticized Brokaw for his comments for saying that Hispanics in the U.S. "should be working harder on assimilation." Paul Morigi/Getty Images for WS Productions