President Donald Trump says that he hopes that Democrats continue pushing to abolish U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, saying that the party will “get beaten so badly” in the upcoming midterm elections.
Trump addressed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s stunning victory in a New York congressional primary over Rep. Joe Crowley, one of the top Democratic leaders in the House, in an interview with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo that aired Sunday.
Ocasio-Cortez, a dues-paying member of the Democratic Socialists of America, ran on a plank of abolishing ICE over what she claims are civil rights and human rights abuses stemming from the agencies’ response to illegal immigration on the southern border.
Some mainstream Democrats have started backing the movement. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand came out Friday in support of abolishing the immigration agency, which was founded in 2003.
“Well I hope they keep thinking about it. Because they’re going to get beaten so badly,” Trump said in the Fox interview.
“You know ICE, these are the guys that go in and take MS-13, and they take them out. Because they’re much tougher than MS-13, like by a factor of 10.
“You get rid of ICE you’re going to have a country that you’re going to be afraid to walk out of your house. I love that issue if they’re going to actually do that,” Trump said.
“They’re seriously talking about that because they — you are going to have a county that’s crime ridden. The Border Patrol, the Border Patrol agents, ICE these people are incredible.
“But ICE, Border Patrol these are incredible patriots. The job they have is so dangerous,” he said.
The interview drew heavy responses on social media. Much of it was made up of liberals trolling any public appearance by the 45th president, but there were many Trump fans, too.
— FoxNewsInsider (@FoxNewsInsider) June 29, 2018
I love our President Trump! God Bless! ??????
— Ludovina Wain (@ludovinazwain) June 30, 2018
ICE and our police are the only ones protecting the American Citizens of this country from the scum that is crossing the borders, not all but most. This entering our country illegally has to end and thank God for Trump,ICE and our Police!!!
— Alan"Buddy" USAFRET (@AlanWebb73) June 30, 2018
And then there was this guy who, like Trump, is feeling pretty good about the prospects for Republicans in the House and Senate in the November midterms.
Trump is betting there are more Americans like this Twitter user than there are rabid liberals backing a return of Nancy Pelosi to the speaker’s chair.
The rest of American better hope so too.
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