The media falsely accused President Donald Trump of referring to immigrants as “animals” on Wednesday.
The falsehood started because of a selectively edited clip posted by CSPAN that showed the president saying, “We have people coming into the country…You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals.”
A number of journalists and media outlets fell for the idea that Trump was referring to all immigrants as “animals,” including MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, The New York Times, the Associated Press, CBS News and The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin.
However, the full video shows that Trump was specifically referring to members of MS-13, a violent gang whose motto is “rape, control, kill.”
A woman at the roundtable first brought up MS-13, asserting, “there can be an MS-13 member I know about, if they don’t reach a certain threshold I cannot tell ICE about them.”
Trump’s remarks about “bad…people” and “animals” were in direct response to her comments.
Nonetheless, there is a long list of people who fell for the misleading CSPAN clip.
The president just called immigrants “animals” today.
I think it probably wasn’t a good idea to elect this fellow.
Look! I just created 120 new Trump voters.
– Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) May 16, 2018
The New York Times insisted Trump was referring only to “those trying to breach the country’s borders.”
Others accused Trump of using Hitler-esque rhetoric by dehumanizing “immigrants.”
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