No stranger to controversy for his hardline anti-immigration comments, Trump stoked new fury Wednesday when he made the remark to a group of California Republicans visiting the White House, during a discussion on his planned border wall.
"Comparing any person to an animal, regardless of criminal record or immigration status.is an invitation to violate human rights, to hate, to xenophobic rhetoric, and that is something that can not be accepted", he told Mexican TV network Televisa.
One person who was particularly thrown off by the statement was John Legend, who took to Twitter in a thread about unity between all human beings and steps we must take as a country to help those who come from hard backgrounds. Trump was speaking at a round-table with local California officials when he responded to a comment that had referenced MS-13.
He added,"When the MS-13 comes in, when the other gang members come into our country, I refer to them as animals".
A day earlier, Trump sparked criticism when he used the term during a meeting with California officials opposed to the state's "sanctuary city" policy.More news: Fortnite's 4.2 Update Adds New Burst Rifle and Perk Recombobulator
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"I know what you're going through right now with families is very tough, but those are the bad laws that the Democrats gave us", Mr. Trump said.
When all of our great-great-grandparents came to America they weren't "animals", and these people aren't either. With Trump in power, the machinery of government has once again been tuned to mete out disproportionate punishment to the wrong sorts of people-the Justice Department has ended programs scrutinizing local police forces; visa applications from Muslim countries have plummeted; deportations of non-criminal aliens has skyrocketed. We need strong immigration laws. She said the media is entitled to defend MS-13 if they want, but a term like "animal" doesn't go almost far enough to describe members of a gang whose motto is "rape, control, kill". "Frankly, I think the term animal doesn't go far enough".
Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post's chief "fact checker", promoted a thread by a Cato Institute Senior Fellow arguing that, even in context, Trump is dehumanizing "brown criminals" in "a textbook case of how dehumanizing and racist rhetoric works".
"The term "animal" doesn't go far enough", she said.
"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", Sanders said. He called on Congress to support his immigration enforcement agenda, including funding for a wall along the US and Mexico border.