President Donald Trump's speech in Long Island, NY, about MS-13 has received a lot of criticism.
But the most off-the-wall explanation came from CNN contributor, Margaret Hoover.
During a panel discussion with Anderson Cooper, Hoover said:
"Most of the victims of these crimes are actually affinity crimes. They're individuals from other countries, sometimes they're citizens of this country, sometimes they're not. Of course, American citizens get caught up. And every violent criminal who is here should be deported and they are on borrowed time.
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But there is, there is a political move here, to highlight people who aren't white. I think minorities and to feed part of this really white nationalist, political support of Donald Trump."
But she didn't stop there. Hoover questioned the reason Trump doesn't highlight white gangs in America, too. “We have violent crimes and criminal gangs in the United States, full of white people. And we could be talking about this, as well,” Hoover said.
While Hoover is right that America has plenty of white gangs, the most dangerous gangs on law enforcement's radar are groups like MS-13, Barrio Azteca, The Latin Kings, Surenos, and Mexican cartels.
Even Newsweek, which tends to lean to the left — identified MS-13 as the most dangerous gang in America in 2005. That was long before Trump made any public statements about the group.
And in 2017, Newsweek is still calling MS-13 one of most powerful gangs in all of Texas. The Texas Public Safety Threat Overview also listed Tango Blast, Texas Mexican Mafia, and MS-13 as the most dangerous groups in the Lone Star state.
As far as the FBI goes and the top ten most wanted criminals in America, Eduardo Ravelo is one of them. And he is reportedly a member of Barrio Azteca. Another, Luis Macedo, is a member of the Latin Kings. And Walter Yovany Gomez, who is wanted in connection with a brutal murder, was attempting to become a member of MS-13 at the time he committed his crime.
In fact, none of the white criminals on the top-ten list are members of any major crime syndicate.
Hoover ought to put her research hat on before making over-the-top comments about the epidemic of crime in America. Because sensationalism isn't an analysis.
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