The mainstream media and Democratic leaders went after President Trump on Thursday after he referred to MS-13 street gang members as “animals.” He was answering questions about the impact of illegal border crossings on Wednesday.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) insisted that Trump is harming gang members’ “dignity” and “worth,” and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) insisted that the president was referring to all immigrants.
Numerous mainstream media outlets like ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, and the New York Times promoted their stories on Twitter, claiming that Trump used the word “animals” to describe “some undocumented immigrants” without mentioning upfront that he was referring to one of the most brutal street gangs in America, Fox News pointed out.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders addressed the furor Thursday afternoon during the daily press briefing, according to ABC News.
Asked by a reporter who Trump was referring to with his “animal” remark, Sanders replied, “The president was very clearly referring to MS-13 gang members who enter the country illegally and whose deportations are hamstrung by our laws.”
“This is one of the most vicious and deadly gangs that operate motto of ‘Rape, Control, and Kill.’ If the media and liberals want to defend MS-13, they’re more than welcome to,” the press secretary said.
“Frankly, I don’t think the term that the president used was strong enough,” Sanders continued. “MS-13 has done heinous acts.”
Then she gave some gruesome examples, saying, “It took an animal to stab a man a hundred times and decapitate him and rip his heart out. It took an animal to beat a woman they were sex trafficking with a bat 28 times, indenting part of her body. And it took an animal to kidnap, drug, and rape a 14-year-old Houston girl.”
“Frankly, I think the term ‘animal’ doesn’t go far enough,” she reiterated. “I think that the president should continue to use his platform and everything he can do under the law to stop these types of horrible, horrible disgusting people.”