President Donald Trump held a meeting on illegal immigration… but the mainstream media is reporting only on one thing he said, taken out of context.
During a conversation with law enforcement from around the country, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims brought up the issue of MS-13–a violent gang made up largely of illegal immigrants, who have been terrorizing cities across the country and committing horrific crimes.
Regarding MS-13, Trump agreed with her, telling the rest of the meeting: “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.”
A President calling brutal criminals and murderers “animals” wouldn’t be newsworthy… so the mainstream media took it upon themselves to take the quote out of context.
CNN, ABC News, CBS News, the New York Times, the Huffington Post, and many others shared the clip of Trump speaking, without mentioning or showing that he was responding to a statement about MS-13.
ABC News tweeted, “Pres. Trump refers to some who cross the border illegally as ‘animals,’ not people. ‘You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are.'”
CBS News did the same thing, tweeting: “‘These aren’t people. These are animals.'” President Trump used the harsh rhetoric to describe some undocumented immigrants during a California ‘sanctuary state’ roundtable.”
Other news outlets also claimed Trump was speaking about “some illegal immigrants”–without specifying that he was talking about violent criminals.
According to a poll last year, only 32 percent of Americans say they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the mainstream media. Shoddy reporting, like the latest hit job on President Trump, isn’t going to help rebuild their reputation.