Trump Says MS-13 Members Are 'Animals,' Anti-Trump Media Incorrectly Reports Comment


Multiple mainstream media outlets took President Donald Trump’s description of MS-13 members as “animals” out of context to make it appear as if he was talking about illegal immigrants.

During a roundtable addressing California’s sanctuary policies at the White House on Wednesday, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said, “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.”

Trump responded, “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.”

Fox News reported that several media outlets including ABC News, The New York Times, NBC News, The Associated Press, CBS News, CNN and even C-Span took the president’s comments out of context, making it seem as though he was referring to illegal immigrants.

C-Span’s deceptively edited version of Trump’s remarks has been viewed over 3 million times in less than 24 hours.

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The Associated Press appears to be the only outlet that has issued a correction, tweeting, “AP has deleted a tweet from late Wednesday on Trump’s ‘animals’ comment about immigrants because it wasn’t made clear that he was speaking after a comment about gang members.”

CNN’s Jake Tapper did tweet out a transcript of the president’s exchange with Mims to give the context of his remarks.

British journalist Piers Morgan replied to C-Span’s tweet, describing it as “fake news.”

The Daily Caller called out The New York Times for its false reporting, questioning “Are you going to correct the record?”

Conservative commentator Jedediah Bila dinged the Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin for claiming Trump was trying to conflate criminals with illegal aliens, which Rubin labeled “repulsive.”

“He conflated nothing,” Bila replied, then highlighted the animalistic conduct of MS-13 gang members, “who bear the motto “kill, steal, rape, control.”

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“Trump derangement syndrome much?” she asked.

Former White House press secretary under George W. Bush accused the main stream media of “killing good journalism” by perpetuating such stories.

“The many journalists and editors who wrote/published these stories are killing good journalism,” Fleischer wrote. “To those who wrote this nonsense: I get you don’t like Trump, but you’re only hurting yourselves.”

When asked about Trump’s “animal” remark at the White House media briefing on Thursday, press secretary Sarah Sanders replied, “Frankly, I don’t think the term that the president used was strong enough.”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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