At a Thursday confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump's nominee to head Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) compared the agency to the Ku Klux Klan.
Harris asked Trump's nominee for the position, Ronald Vitiello, about comments he previously made in which he referred to the Democratic Party as "neo-Klan" like. Vitiello apologized for the comments, calling them inappropriate because of the Klan's history. Harris asked him to expound on why the comments were inappropriate.
"The Klan was what we could call today a domestic terrorist group," said Vitiello, a 30-year Border Patrol veteran who has been serving as the acting head of ICE.
"Why?" Harris asked.
"Because they tried to use fear and force to change the political environment," Vitiello replied.
"And what was the motivation for the use of fear and force?" Harris asked.
"Based on race and ethnicity, " Vitiello responded.