Trump calls MS-13 'animals,' media spins it

Friday, May 18, 2018
Michael F. Haverluck (

Donald Trump mean decisiveThe mainstream media has spun a comment President Donald Trump made about MS-13 gang members being like “animals” by implying he was referring to illegal immigrants, in general.

Taking Trump out of context, the anti-Trump media is reportedly seizing the opportunity to fuel racial tensions in the United States and rally support for the Democrats’ leftist pro-immigration platform.

“President Trump referred to dangerous MS-13 gang members as ‘animals’ on Wednesday and anti-Trump media organizations conveniently took his comments out of context to make it appear that he was talking about illegal immigrants,” Fox News reported. “And the liberal outlets don’t plan on clarifying anytime soon.”

Murderers - not immigrants - are animals

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims asked Trump about the notoriously violent El Salvadorian gang while explaining the problems she has with California’s liberal sanctuary city laws.

“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,” Mims told Trump in a YouTube video.

The president commented that the murderous MS-13 criminals must be locked up to protect U.S. citizens from being innocent victims of the insidious gang members.

“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,” Trump responded to Mims in the video. “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.” 

He followed up by lashing out at the allegedly illegal renegade California law, discussing how California becoming a so-called “sanctuary state” at the beginning of the year makes it more difficult for federal immigration agents to do their legally required job.

“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,” Trump continued. “The dumbest laws – as I said before, the dumbest laws on immigration in the world. So, we’re going to take care of it, Margaret. We’ll get it done.”

Media spinning Trump into a racist

It was not long before the mainstream media locked onto Trump’s “animal” comment and declared it an attack on all immigrants in America – fueling the racial divide opened and fueled by former President Barack Obama, former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Black Lives Matter, leftist American universities and athletes-turned social justice activists like former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

“While Trump was clearly talking about MS-13 – which is responsible for some of the grisliest murders in recent memory – several left-leaning news organizations decided to share the president’s response without key context,” Fox News’ Brian Flood pointed out. “The dishonest news organizations continued to misrepresent Trump’s comments long after watchdogs called them out on social media for misinterpreting the remarks.”

Editing out Mims’ and Trump’s remarks directed at MS-13 in the video clip it posted on Twitter, C-SPAN also crafted a caption to make the president look as if he was calling all illegal immigrants in America “animals.”

“President Trump during California #SanctuaryCities Roundtable: ‘These aren't people. These are animals,’” C-SPAN tweeted Wednesday.

In less than 24 hours, there were more than 2.6 million views of the misleading video registered.

The largest leftist media hubs in America followed suit by latching onto the anti-Trump coverage misrepresenting the president as a bigot and a hater of immigrants.

“The New York Times, ABC News, NBC News, CBS News and CNN all followed with similar misleading tweets – with most of the deceptive content coming after it was well publicized that Trump was specifically referring to MS-13 gang members,” Flood noted.

The biggest daily in the Big Apple was very careful in its tweet to omit Trump’s reference to MS-13 gang members so it could portray the president as a hateful enemy of all illegal aliens.

“Trump lashed out at undocumented immigrants during a White House meeting, calling those trying to breach the country’s borders ‘animals,’” the New York Times tweeted.

CBS News took to social media to spread a similar deceptive message by being vague – and without mentioning the context of Trump’s words.

“[Trump used] harsh rhetoric to describe some undocumented immigrants,” CBS News tweeted.

CNN reportedly tried to cover itself by mentioning MS-13, but the way it was delivered, much of its audience was left to believe that Trump was bashing all illegal aliens.

“At one point, CNN’s on-screen chyron said, ‘Trump slams some illegal immigrants: ‘They’re Animals,’’ while the network’s senior political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson mentioned that he was talking about MS-13, but the on-screen graphic never clarified what it meant by ‘some illegal immigrant,’” Flood informed. “Many CNN viewers are listening without audio while being force-fed the network in airports, so misleading graphics arguably have more influence than rhetoric spoken on the channel. CNN’s ‘Reliable Sources’ media newsletter ignored the situation altogether.”

Other major media outlets made no attempt to put Trump’s words into their appropriate context, even after several of the leftist media veteran’s Twitter followers notified her that her tweet was inaccurate.

“[President Trump called] people trying to get into the country ‘animals,’ not people,” NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell tweeted.

Other perspectives

Fox News contributor Stephen Miller attempted to set the record straight in Trump’s defense.

“That’s not what he said & not even remotely close to the context,” Miller argued to counter the misleading tweets, according to Fox News. “The animals comment was in response to concerns about MS-13. Backing MS-13 over Trump isn’t the media narrative road I’d go down, but this is going to be another rake, so have at it.”

But even after the truth was divulged, the leftist media stayed on queue with their anti-Trump messaging.

“Long after it was clear that Trump was talking about MS-13, news organizations continued to inaccurately use the quote to rile up the left,” Flood noted.

Making matters worse, CNBC’s John Harwood – who is closely connected to Hillary Clinton’s political colleague John Podesta – took to defending MS-13 gangsters by taking a compassionate approach in order to color Trump as a heartless racist leader.

“However repugnant their actions, MS-13 gang members are human beings IMHO,” Harwood tweeted.

White House: ‘Animals’ an understatement

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stood firmly behind Trump’s depiction of MS-13 gangsters as being “animals,” emphasizing that the president was referring specifically to the notorious gang when addressing some illegal immigrants.

"If the media and liberals want to defend MS-13, they're more than welcome to," Sanders told reporters, according to The Hill. "Frankly, I don't think the term the president used is strong enough."

The president’s spokesperson went on to go over a laundry list of “heinous acts” carried out by MS-13 gang members, such as rape, killing and decapitating a man, and viciously bludgeoning a woman with a baseball bat.

"The term ‘animal’ doesn’t go far enough," Sanders insisted. 

Conservative media on board with Trump, too

In a major contrast to the mainstream media’s depiction of Trump’s MS-13 comments – whether or not leftist reporters admit they were directed at MS-13 gangsters – the conservative news media stands behind the president’s depiction of the notorious criminal aliens infiltrating the U.S.

“But let’s have no illusions about MS-13 – their motto is ‘Kill, Rape, Control,’” National Review informed. “They’re heavily involved in sex trafficking and forcing underage girls into prostitution. They don’t merely kill those who cross them; they do so in particularly gruesome ways to intimidate others, such as stabbing a teenager 153 times in a public park. They leave bodies of victims near elementary schools.”

It is argued that the MS-13 gang should be portrayed as nothing less than sheer evil.

“Advancement within the gang requires murdering members of rival gangs,” National Review’s Jim Geraghty explained. “Some members are literally Satanists – justifying their murders with the claim that the Devil ‘wanted a soul.’”

He went on to justify Trump’s candid depiction of the criminal illegal gang that began transplanting decades ago from El Salvador to Los Angeles, California, and the rest of the country.

“If there’s any group of human beings that you can label ‘animals,’ and deserve the absolute minimum rebuke for dehumanizing rhetoric . . . it’s MS-13 members – I might throw terrorists, the Iranian Mullahs, Russia’s FSB, North Korean thugs, and the Taliban in there, too,” Geraghty insisted. “If not literal animals, those who make the deliberate infliction of pain and suffering upon others their life’s work don’t get to play the, ‘Hey, we’re all just flawed human beings, right?’ card later on.”

The conservative columnist then addressed the “compassionate” words CNBC’s Harwood directed at MS-13 gang members.

“They’re human, but the worst of humanity,” Geraghty contended. “And the standard objections to ‘eliminationist rhetoric’ don’t seem as applicable when we’re talking about a group that we would genuinely like to eliminate – if not fatally, then through incarceration.”


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