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It really undermines the #Resistance when the criticism isn’t even true.
On Wednesday, during a roundtable discussion about California’s so-called “sanctuary state” policies, President Donald Trump referred to violent MS-13 gang members who come to the U.S. illegally as “animals.”
Here’s what Trump told Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims after she specifically noted how difficult it can be for her to get an MS-13 gang member deported in California, according to a White House transcript:
“We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in — and we’re stopping a lot of them — but we’re taking people 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 president was, as CNN noted, clearly referring to MS-13 gang members:
“These aren’t people. These are animals,” Trump says in response to a question about the MS-13 gang during his roundtable on sanctuary cities. “… because of the weak laws, they come in fast” https://t.co/FfO3D5ug97
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) May 16, 2018
But that didn’t stop left-wing pundits — and some news outlets — from jumping on the comment and twisting Trump’s words:
I’m sick of living in a country where Trump refers to immigrants as “animals”, and Stephen Miller collects a WH salary, paid for by hard working Americans of every race, religion and gender. #TheResistance
— Omar Vaid (@omarvaid) May 17, 2018
Who said this, Hitler or Trump? “These aren’t people. These are animals.” https://t.co/VJwrbYdKne
— Lawrence O’Donnell (@Lawrence) May 16, 2018
You know who else inferred groups of people as “not people” and “animals” and deported them? Hitler. Donald Trump is a mother fucking Nazi https://t.co/YqWfoeVDu4
— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) May 16, 2018
A tough take down by the California governor after @realDonaldTrump calls people trying to get into the country “animals” not people. https://t.co/LPKiHPJaWZ
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) May 16, 2018
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
Trump is in very bad company.
Nazis referred to Jews as “rats”.
Slave-owners viewed slaves as sub-human animals. https://t.co/HMXDWSrNRu
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) May 17, 2018
“These aren’t people. These are animals.” President Trump used the harsh rhetoric to describe some undocumented immigrants during a California “sanctuary state” roundtable. https://t.co/mOwXilRtwE pic.twitter.com/eYC6XhtR57
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 16, 2018
Trump referred to those crossing US border illegally as “animals” and slammed California sanctuary state laws as “deadly.” https://t.co/TEdwe4Qevq
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 17, 2018
What’s odd is there are plenty valid reasons to criticize Trump. Why do so many feel they have to make something up?
Conservative writer John Podhoretz, who has been highly critical of the Trump administration, even posited, “I’m no fan [of] Trump on immigration but this is a straight up misrepresentation of what he said.”
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