President Trump spoke this Friday at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, New York, about his administration’s plan to tie taking down the MS-13 gang into their overall draconian immigration policy plans. His speech was rife with angry, divisive rhetoric that has little place in the United States. He is using the MS-13 gang to drum up hate against immigrants in general, tying the very existence of the gang into illegal immigration, when the issues aren’t necessarily one and the same.
Even still, while attacking interests who don’t agree with him, Trump said to those law enforcement officials who were present:
‘We’re going to destroy the MS-13 gang… I was reading, one of these animals, they got caught, and they said they like to knife [their victims] and cut them, and let them die slowly, so that way it’s more painful… These are animals.’
“Animals”? Do you really think that calling them “animals” is going to help root the organization out? What’s the point of using all this illustrious language to describe their crimes? That’s like playing their game.
Trump also said at one point during his speech that illegal border crossings were up under the Obama Administration, but no matter how many times he says it, that assertion is going to remain false.
The New York Police Department didn’t attend Trump’s speech, with the New York Police Commissioner saying that his department simply “has a lot of work to do.” New York City is a sanctuary city, meaning the local police department does not cooperate with national immigration authorities as Trump would like.
Trump managed to fit a serious jab at New York leadership into his speech, calling the New York City mayor — who is responsible for his city’s “sanctuary” status — “pathetic.”
Speaking about the importance of police, Trump said:
‘I’ve met police who are great police that aren’t allowed to do their job because they have a pathetic mayor or a mayor that doesn’t know what’s going on.’
After a round of applause, he quipped, “Were you applauding for someone in particular? It’s sad — you look at what’s happening, it’s sad. Certainly in the country those days are over, although here you may have a little longer to wait.”
He didn’t name NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, but he strongly implied that de Blasio is exactly who he was talking about. Is calling the mayor of New York City “pathetic” really going to solve the problem of gang violence in the United States, Trump?
Watch Trump’s remarks below.
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