At a rally in Panama City Beach, Fla., on Wednesday, President Trump assured his supporters that he would never “use weapons” to “stop these people,” referring to undocumented refugees, from crossing the border into the United States.
“When you have 15,000 people marching up and you have hundreds and hundreds of people, and you have two or three border security people that are brave and great,” Trump told the crowd.
He continued: “And don’t forget, we don’t let them, and we can’t let them use weapons, we can’t! Other countries do. We can’t. I would never do that.”
“But how do you stop these people?” Trump asked the crowd, adding, “You can’t.”
“Shoot them!” a rally attendee shouted, according to ABC News 2020 campaign reporter Will Steakin.
Trump asks Florida rally crowd: "How do you stop these people" from crossing the border?
"Shoot them!" a rally attendee shouts out.
Trump: "That's only in the panhandle you can get away with that stuff. Only in the panhandle."
— Will Steakin (@wsteaks) May 9, 2019
Trump joined the crowd in laughter before adding: “That’s only in the panhandle you can get away with that stuff. Only in the panhandle.”
The crowd erupted in cheers and laughs.
Trump muses about shooting undocumented immigrants but says he wouldn't do it pic.twitter.com/2UWXIvvRad
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 9, 2019