Democrats and the media have been mischaracterizing President Trump’s comments from the beginning even as more and more Americans have become less ignorant of that fact.
That’s a big reason why the president’s approval ratings continue to go up even as ratings for such anti-Trump media outlets like CNN continue to collapse.
The left and its compliant media are willfully reporting false news to the American people. Whether it is a symptom of mass hysteria that is the genesis for this confirmation bias-style reporting or an intentional maneuver to spread anti-Trump propaganda, its effect is toxic and pernicious.
The report comes in the form of a tweet making its way through the Twitter-sphere in which a user named Mark Elliott has posted a video of Donald Trump who he contends is referring to migrants at the border as “animals.” Elliott, who has almost 20,000 followers added the comment, “@realDonaldTrump on people asking for asylum “These aren’t people. These are animals.”
In truth, the video is almost a year old. Last May, during a meeting with the president, Sheriff Margaret Mims of Fresno County, Calif., explained to Trump that she was frustrated over that state’s restrictive immigration sanctuary policies.
“There could be an MS-13 member I know about — if they don’t reach a certain threshold, I cannot tell ICE about it,” she told Trump.
“We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in,” Trump said of the murderous gang, in response. “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’s words were clearly relating to the murderous gang MS-13 and not innocent migrants. The exchange first became a controversy last year when House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi mischaracterized the remarks. “When the president of the United States says about undocumented immigrants, ‘These aren’t people; these are animals,’ you have to wonder: Does he not believe in the spark of divinity, the dignity and worth of every person?”
The New York Times, Washington Post and Associated Press all piled on. That was last year but here we go again.
Glenn Thrush of the Times retweeted the post and commented, “These are animals.”
MSNBC’s Joy Reid posted, “Asylum seekers ‘aren’t people.’ They are ‘Animals’. This is particularly frightening language coming out of a person vested with the power of a presidential office.”
CNN’s Ana Navarro-Cardenas tweeted a picture of a child and wrote, “This little boy is seeking asylum in the United States. His name is William. Trump calls him ‘animal.’”
Ben Rhodes, former national security adviser to President Barack Obama tweeted, “If the leader of any other country said this, we would view it as a horrifying, authoritarian assault on human dignity. Which it is.”
On and on the list goes. Tweets and retweets of misinformation. Millions of Americans will believe what they have read and look on their neighbors as suspect.
Americans can tweet what they want. Reputable media personnel, however, are entrusted to be the conveyors of truth. They constantly declare their import with screeds about the First Amendment. Those in media who propagated this toxic lie should be fired.
And here is the real truth regarding the elitist media and politicians taking the president’s comment that MS-13 gang members are ‘animals’ and lying by then saying he was describing all illegals as animals. MS-13 is decimating minority communities all across America – the very same communities President Trump is working hard to save and revitalize and that Democrats have ignored for decades. You see, Democrats and the media don’t actually care about minorities, the poor, those suffering in neighborhoods corrupted by dangerous criminals. They only see those people and their problems as potential political tools that only exist to provide liberal political and media talking points/lies.
Unlike so many others in DC and throughout the media, President Trump refuses to ignore the problem of community-destroying gang-related violence. And how do D.C. politicians and their media cohorts respond to that effort? By lying about the president’s words in their ongoing effort to portray him as racist.
Think about that. The president who is actually fighting to make minority communities in America safer, who has overseen a dramatic improvement in minority unemployment, business startups and homeownership, and who has already greatly improved a criminal justice system that for too long hurt minorities, is being called a racist by the very same media and politicians who did nothing to try and solve those problems.
President Trump’s enemies are counting on there being enough ignorant voters that their lies will be rewarded come Election Day.
It’s up to all of you to prove them wrong.