Last week, President Trump hosted a roundtable discussion with leaders across the nation engaged in fighting sanctuary city policies. In the meeting, the president referred to the MS-13 gang – violent murderous thugs – as “animals.” When the mainstream media intentionally altered his words, the head of Homeland Security responded – in a big way.
The theme of the roundtable interaction was to find ways to combat sanctuary actions which have become a protective shield for undocumented immigrants to hide behind in order to avoid deportation. But media coverage centered on Trump’s reference to the gang members as “animals.”
Here is the exact transcript of what Trump said. A sheriff stated his frustration about members of the MS-13 gang being able to remain in sanctuary cities.
In response, Trump said, “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 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 media blasted Trump for referring to all undocumented immigrants as “animals,” when he was clearly referring only to the MS-13 gang. Eventually, the liberal media was forced to retract their story, admitting the president was clearly referring to the gang, not all illegals.
Now, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is asking for Democrats who piled on the fake news story to apologize to President Trump. She added that she was “horrified” at how the record was being distorted so freely and willingly by those claiming to be a “fair press.”
“I have to be honest,” Nielsen said. “I was a bit horrified. The president was very clear; if you listen to the tape or if you were in the room, it was clear he was talking about MS-13. Personally, I think those lawmakers owe the president an apology. They are distorting facts in a very dangerous way. The president is trying to protect Americans. He’s making clear that he will not stand for this violence in our communities and here you have elected members of Congress pretending that he’s talking about something entirely different.”
The media tried to hamstring Trump. They may have temporarily won the battle, but they lost the war (again). It ended up blowing up in their faces, as scores of Democrats, unable to admit they made a mistake, argued that it was wrong for the president to refer to anyone as “animals.”
CNN host Anna Navarro blasted Trump for his inhumane statement. “No human being deserves to be called an animal,” she protested in prime time. Oops. What she apparently forget was that during the 2016 presidential campaign, she called Trump “an absolute animal” on a CNN show.
Kirstjen Nielsen was right to call out those who intentionally misrepresented Trump’s words. The media and Democrats (Is there a difference?) have a right to challenge Trump’s characterization of MS-13 gang members as “animals.” What they don’t have a right to do is make up a story that is not there by intentionally twisting and changing his words.
And they wonder why Americans’ confidence in the mainstream media is at an all-time low.