O’Rourke Continues to Claim Trump Called Asylum-Seekers ‘Animals’ — Here’s What POTUS Really Said

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2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke tried using the president’s word against him during Tuesday’s CNN town hall to seemingly elevate himself in the polls — but he left out the context of President Donald Trump’s words.

The former Texas congressman — who currently finds himself in sixth place in the RealClearPolitics polling average — used the false claim that Trump called asylum-seekers and immigrants “animals,” which O’Rourke had claimed before.

When asked about plans to “restore global trust in American leadership,” O’Rourke responded by tearing into Trump:

“Describing those immigrants who come into this country as rapists and criminals — though they commit crimes at a far lower rate than those who were born in this country — describing asylum-seekers as animals or an infestation. An infestation is how you might describe a termite or a cockroach — something you want to stamp out, something less than human.”

Watch part of his comments below:

However, when Trump used the term “animals,” he was referring to MS-13 gang members who are trying to cross into the U.S.

During an immigration roundtable in May 2018, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims mentioned MS-13 gang members to the president, which prompted Trump’s response:

MIMS: Thank you. There could be an MS-13 gang member I know about — if they don’t reach a certain threshold, I cannot tell ICE about it.

TRUMP: We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in — and 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 level and at a rate that’s never happened before. And because of the weak laws, they come in fast, we get them, we release them, we get them again, we bring them out. It’s crazy.

After previously being met with “rebuke” over his original statement, the president doubled down about the MS-13 gang members.

“They said, ‘they’re people,” Trump said. “They’re not people. They’re animals. We have to be very, very tough.”

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largelucas
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largelucas

Beto the bird brain is having trouble with the truth. Trump called the MS13 gangs animals which anyone with a brain would agree.

Mary Ridosh-Spalding
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Just what this country needs, another liar as commander in chief, did we not have enough of that during Obamanations reign of terror???

Faith Marie Martin
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Faith Marie Martin

Robert Francis O’Rourke has no problem lying, he isn’t Latino either.

Bad
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Bad

What’s a Beto. Wasting time and money. Quit talking about this spoiled child of a clown and he will go the way of the Hoagg!

George Peters
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old beetle needs to go back underground, maybe with that buttpig guy.

Scott
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Scott

I think this country is going down the toilet because of these crybaby liberals. They act like 3rd grade spoiled brats that didn’t get the cookie they wanted . They are rewriting laws to suit their own wants for the short term or until it doesn’t work out the way they want. Why do we even have these awful immigrant women in Congress. There’re horrible and should be taken out of this country and never be let to re-enter, ever. I am truly sick of these over privileged , over paid Hollywood shit for brains people. Our government will is… Read more »

Frank Turner
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Trump knows an animal when he sees one!!!!!!

Linda K
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I remember Trump talking about the MS-13 and saying they were animals. I totally agree with him. That gang does some awful things. They don’t have consciences. Some of the things I’ve read about are heinous. He has every right to call that group animals. Beto got it wrong.

Phil
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Can you give me an example of something “Beto” got right ?

banstan
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the only thing robert francis has gotten right is having a turtle for a pet. A perfect low maintenance pet for a low IQ person.

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