The President tore into the fake news media over the “animals” comment:
President Trump on Friday tore into media outlets for twisting a comment he made this week about MS-13 “animals,” while the Homeland Security secretary said Democratic lawmakers who did the same should apologize.
The Federalist Papers reports,
“Fake News Media had me calling Immigrants, or Illegal Immigrants, ‘Animals.’ Wrong! They were begrudgingly forced to withdraw their stories,” Trump tweeted. “I referred to MS 13 Gang Members as ‘Animals,’ a big difference – and so true. Fake News got it purposely wrong, as usual!”
Trump made the original comments at a roundtable on California’s “sanctuary” immigration policies on Wednesday. Media outlets and top Democrats were quick to accuse him of describing undocumented immigrants in general as “animals.”
But some outlets have walked back that characterization, given Trump made the remark after Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims lamented how California policies could restrict the fight against MS-13. “There could be an MS-13 gang member I know about, if they don’t reach a certain threshold, I cannot tell ICE about them,” she said.
The president responded, “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.” On ‘Fox & Friends,’ Homeland Security secretary says the need for action on border security is clear. But a number of outlets glossed over the MS-13 context, stating that Trump was talking about all illegal immigrants. The New York Times tweeted that Trump “lashed out at undocumented immigrants….calling those trying to breach the country’s borders ‘animals.’” The Associated Press deleted a tweet that made a similar representation of his remarks.
DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen also defended Trump on “Fox & Friends” Friday, blasting Democratic politicians she said also missed the point. “When all of our great-great-grandparents came to America they weren’t ‘animals,’ and these people aren’t either,” Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said, while House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said that “we are all God’s children.”
When all of our great-great-grandparents came to America they weren’t “animals,” and these people aren’t either.
“Personally, I think those lawmakers owe the president an apology,” Nielsen said, accusing them of “pretending” Trump was saying something else.
“Frankly, it’s unprofessional,” she added. at The Federalist Papers
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