Earlier this morning I covered some recent comments by President Trump where he opined that some asylum seekers are gang members abusing the process. This is common sense and objectively true. That didn’t stop the media from clutching their pearls over it and misrepresenting what he said.
Apparently, some weren’t content with just botching that statement. Now, left-wing Twitter has dug up a year old video of Trump calling MS-13 animals and it’s been edited in such a way as to make it seem like he’s talking about all illegal immigrants. That old video has now gone viral…again.
While it’s hard to tell, this appears to be the original Twitter account that got this started.
— Mark Elliott (@markmobility) April 5, 2019
This led to all kinds of ridiculous responses, including this outright lie from “The View” host Ana Navarro.
This is journalist, @TifaniRoberts comforting a small boy on the border. He was shot in the throat by Ortega’s thugs in Nicaragua. This little boy is seeking asylum in the United States. His name is William. Trump calls him “animal”. pic.twitter.com/avGe5mWctH
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) April 6, 2019
There are plenty of others, including everyone’s favorite “moderate” Democrat in the 2020 primary. No, not that one. The other one.
You do not refer to human beings as animals. You just don’t.
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) April 6, 2019
Racist language like this has led to violence throughout the world’s history. No human being is an animal. We have to be better than this.https://t.co/TQ0MhJFGtq
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) April 6, 2019
Actually, when we are talking about gang members who chop up children and rape young girls, it’s pretty proper to refer to them as animals. I checked to be sure, so no worries.
Yashar Ali brought some correction to the Twitter mob by pointing out this was 1) an old clip and 2) Trump was specifically talking about MS-13.
Now that guests on cable news networks and a presidential candidate are referring to these remarks as new, think it’s important to point out they were made in May 2018, not yesterday. Also, as Snopes pointed out then, Trump was referring to MS-13 membershttps://t.co/LOeAdRd3wx https://t.co/rqPiaa8dks
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) April 6, 2019
When even Snopes gets it’s right, you know the truth is really hard to deny. That didn’t stop lots of people from continuing to try.
With the context btw it’s clear he’s referring to undocumented immigrants being deported en masse and not just MS-13
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) April 6, 2019
The guy above is a Qatari agent and propagandist who works for Al Jazeera. His statement is also completely false.
It's what his defenders said at the time. But it was during a discussion of immigration and sanctuary cities, and as he rambled on he mentioned MS-13. That was the excuse.
And of course being a member of MS-13 doesn't strip a person of their humanity and make them an animal. https://t.co/gUETxjTH9y
— Joshua Holland 🔥 (@JoshuaHol) April 6, 2019
That’s objectively not true. Trump was not rambling about immigration and just happened to drop a reference to MS-13. He was actually specifically asked about MS-13 and then his comments followed, again specifically referencing MS-13.
The Godfather of fake news also decided to chime in on the old video with this hottest of hot takes.
The President likening human beings to animals is despicable. I've seen this playbook before, words weaponized into bloodshed. His sneering rhetoric must be denounced. All who remain silent stand on the side of an insidious and dangerous scapegoating of our fellow human beings.
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) April 6, 2019
Some conservatives jumped in, specifically in response to Buttigieg’s comment, to set the record straight. Fact check: MS-13 are actually animals.
So, what's the better name for gang members who stab a teen 100 times and set him on fire? Or who cut off another man's head and tore out his heart, and so on? https://t.co/EbIQcmzUgs
— Carol Roth (@caroljsroth) April 6, 2019
You'd rather call Trump out than call out someone who would do this.
Then you'll wonder why a Democrat could not beat him a second time. pic.twitter.com/9yIWbiNjTv
— Original Sconnie 🧀 (@corrcomm) April 6, 2019
I think we all get the point by now. If your politics are so divisive that you’ll defend MS-13 to slap at your enemies, then maybe it’s time to rethink your outlook in life. Some things are simply not worth defending and the awful human beings that make up MS-13 are one of those things. Nancy Pelosi tried this with her “spark of divinity” nonsense and Buttegieg’s response is no better.
The facts speak for themselves in this case. Liberals were lying about this video clip in 2018 and they are lying about it now.
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