No, Trump Did *Not* Call Asylum Seekers “Animals”

Is American journalism facing an existential crisis?

There they go again. The Democrat media just can’t seem to help themselves when it comes to President Trump.  Too many this weekend jumped on a #FakeNews story that was debunked a year ago about Trump calling illegal aliens and asylum seekers “animals.”

Stacey wrote about Democrat and 2020 presidential hopeful Robert “Beto” O’Rourke’s casual lie about Trump calling all illegal aliens “animals.”  The president, of course, said no such thing and was clearly referring to the violent criminal gang MS-13.

Stacey wrote:

Trump did not describe asylum seekers as rapists, criminals, animals. He was talking about murderous gangs like MS-13. Here’s what he actually said in May 2018 (bolded emphasis added for context):

[Fresno County] Sheriff Margaret Mims: Thank you. There could be an MS-13 member I know about — if they don’t reach a certain threshold, I cannot tell ICE about it.

The President: 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. 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. 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.

And in July 2017:

Trump’s visit to a [New York] county racked by violence attributed to the [MS-13] gang17 murders over 18 months, according to local police — aimed to give “power and poignancy” to his message that lawmakers must do more to combat illegal immigration” a White House aide told reporters in a briefing.

In stark language, Trump said MS-13 members have stabbed, raped and murdered young people and “transformed peaceful parks and beautiful quiet neighborhoods into bloodstained killing fields.” He added: “They’re animals. We cannot tolerate as a society the spilling of innocent, young, wonderful, vibrant people.”

The AP had to retract its mischaracterization of Trump’s comments last year (when the lie was first debunked).

So let’s name some names and give the spotlight to the top three “journalists” who are either knowingly spreading a lie or (possibly worse) are actually ignorant of the president’s actual words and the context in which he said them.

#3 MSNBC’s Joy Reid

Her tweet is here.

#2 The New York Times’ Glenn Thrush

He subsequently deleted his tweet with the damning admission that he didn’t bother to read the original before jumping on the TDS bandwagon.

His “retraction” tweet is here.’s how a sorry, not sorry is done.

#1 CNN’s Ana Navarro-Cárdenas

Her tweet is here. to simply repeat the lie, Navarro-Cárdenas distorts the president’s words beyond all recognition, stating unequivocally that Trump was talking not only about asylum seekers but about little boys.

There were many more such tweets, and though most have now been deleted, @AG_Conservative has the goods.

While it’s fun—and sadly, true—to think of this disgusting display as the latest manifestation of the Democrat media’s Trump Derangement Syndrome, this situation reflects something far more serious.  It signals an impending existential crisis for American journalism.

Already distrusted by the majority of the American people, does the media really want to repeatedly demonstrate that they are devoid of anything even remotely resembling journalistic ethics?  That they are willing to perpetuate known lies in the service of their “get Trump” mission?  If so, the fourth estate is in danger of making itself not only completely irrelevant but a laughingstock in the eyes of the public it is intended to serve.







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