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Trump Drops New Conspiracy Theory: Californians Are ‘Rioting’ To Escape ‘Sanctuary Cities’


Trump Drops New Conspiracy Theory: Californians Are ‘Rioting’ To Escape ‘Sanctuary Cities’

President Donald Trump on Saturday stopped in Elko, Nevada, to campaign for Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV), where he pushed an evidence-free claim about Californians “rioting” to “get out of their sanctuary cities.”

“I don’t think we like sanctuary cities up here,” Trump told the crowd after criticizing Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) on her immigration record and attacking “low IQ” Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA). Trump claimed that both women voted “in favor of deadly sanctuary cities.”

“By the way, a lot of people in California don’t like them either. They’re rioting now. They want to get out of their sanctuary cities,” Trump claimed.

HuffPost provided this fact-check:

“It is true that people in more than a dozen California cities have taken action against their state’s so-called sanctuary cities laws, which limit local authorities from fully cooperating with federal immigration authorities. But there is no evidence of rioting in the state over the issue.”

Toronto Star Washington correspondent Daniel Dale called out Trump’s “lies” on Twitter:

“This Trump lie is quite something,” Dale noted. “The president is now inventing nonexistent domestic riots.”

“The ‘rioters,’ in this fictional Trump story, are people who stand with him on the issue, not leftists or illegal immigrants or Soros employees or something,” the reporter added. “It is weird.”

Trump also claimed without evidence that a caravan of mostly Honduran migrants walking across Central America to the U.S. border in order to request asylum, is full of criminals.

In an attempt to stir up fears before the midterms, he claimed that the group will bring waves of crime and drugs over the border.

“This country doesn’t want them,” Trump said of the caravan.

He also claimed to have “already figured out” what to do about the approaching group ― which is more than 3,000 strong ― but said he can’t reveal his plan until after the midterms.


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