In a roundtable meeting at the White House, President Donald Trump and member of California law enforcement were discussing sanctuary city laws when the murderous and violent gang MS-13 was brought up.
“There could be an MS-13 gang member I know about, if they don’t reach a certain threshold, I cannot tell ICE about them,” said Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims.
The president then responded, referring to MS-13 saying, “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.”
Despite Trump clearly talking about MS-13, one of the most violent and murderous gangs in the world, news organizations shared his statement out of context to frame it as if he was speaking about all illegal immigrants or foreign immigrants and refugees in general.
Take for example this post send out by C-SPAN, which reads “President Trump during California Sanctuary Cities Roundtable: ‘These aren't people. These are animals.’”
Nearly every major news outlet followed suit and took Trump’s words out of context in order to make it appear as if he was attacking illegal immigrants.
As you can see, not one of the major news outlets made any mention of the MS-13 gang at all.
The Associated Press made a similar error but admitted their mistake and posted a correction.
Press Secretary Sarah Sanders stood by Trump’s “animals” comment saying that the term isn’t harsh enough to describe the gang.
“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 by the motto of ‘rape, control, and kill,’” said Sanders.
“If the media and liberals want to defend MS-13, they’re more than welcomed to,” she continued. “Frankly, I don’t think the term that the president used was strong enough.”