President Donald Trump unleashed a disturbing rant about immigrants on Wednesday afternoon at a White House roundtable discussion on immigration policy, referring to some deported immigrants as “animals.”
After a California official mentioned to Trump the existence of immigrants among MS-13 gang members, the president said: “We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in, we’re stopping a lot of them, but we’re taking people out of the country, 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 rate that’s never happened before,” Trump added.
Trump then blamed the increase in undocumented immigrants on the U.S. having “the dumbest laws on immigration in the world.”
“We’re working hard and I think it will all come together. Because people want it to come together,” Trump said Wednesday.
President Trump during California #SanctuaryCities Roundtable: "These aren't people. These are animals."
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As Alternet notes:
During the campaign, Trump repeatedly read a poem at his rallies called “The Snake.” He used the image of the snake as a metaphor for the supposed danger that refugees posed to the United States, despite little evidence to back up this fear-mongering. Many pointed out at the time and this dehumanizing rhetoric was disgraceful and dangerous, as it unnecessarily stokes fears about foreigners and can serve to justify hate crimes.