During a speech about a new tax law in West Virginia on Thursday, President Trump reiterated his controversial remarks from the launch of his presidential campaign that Mexicans are “rapists.”
“It’s amazing what other countries put into the [immigration] system,” the president said. “They don’t put their good ones. Remember my opening remarks at Trump Tower when I opened. Everybody said, oh, he was so tough. I used the word rape.”
“Yesterday it came out where this journey coming up, women are raped at levels that nobody has ever seen before,” Trump said, an apparent reference to a caravan of asylum-seekers, mostly from Honduras, who were heading north in Mexico. “They don’t want to mention that.”
Trump appeared to be signaling that the caravan was somehow responsible for the mass rape of women.
When Trump announced his campaign in 2015, he said, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”