At a roundtable that was broadcasted to millions of Americans, Donald Trump referred to MS-13 as animals and said they aren’t human.
MIMS: There could be an MS-13 gang member, I know about, if they don’t reach a threshold, I cannot tell ICE about them. [Emphasis added]
TRUMP: We have people coming into the country — they’re trying to come in, we’re stopping a lot of them — but we’re taking out of the country. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals. And we’re taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that’s never happened before. And because of the weak laws, they come in fast, we get them, we release them, we get them again, we bring them out. It’s crazy. The dumbest laws, as I said before, the dumbest laws on immigration in the world. So we’re going to take care of it. We’ll get it done. [Emphasis added]
Now, of course, that didn’t stop the left or legacy media from flipping out over it and claiming Trump was calling all illegal aliens “animals”.
this is disgusting. and his evanglical sycophants will applaud his utter dehumanization of men, women and children https://t.co/qYbl6avzL1
— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) May 16, 2018
Andrea Mitchell(Who just got done defending Hamas):
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) May 16, 2018
NBC Political Reporter:
One of Trump’s most consistent rhetorical moves is comparing large classes of human beings to animals — a political tactic with a long and deadly history https://t.co/LB7SANCrB1
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) May 16, 2018
Guardian Reporter Hannah Jane Parkinson:
Trump just verbatim referred to some immigrants as animals. “These aren’t people, these are animals.” Fuck everyone who voted for him & everyone who continues to appease him. pic.twitter.com/LCYU5ElPIJ
— Hannah Jane Parkinson (@ladyhaja) May 16, 2018
The New York Times, The Hill and other Mainstream Media outlets also ran headlines leaving out MS-13.
Mediate called out the media on this:
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) May 17, 2018
Democrats and Legacy Media defend MS-13 lie about Trump https://t.co/hgNM8TDaNO
— Jacob Palmieri (@jakepalmieri) May 17, 2018
WATCH THE FULL INTERACTION: