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It’s impossible to say whether the men and women vying for the 2020 Democrat presidential nomination simply don’t fact-check or are prone to believe whatever their biases tell them is true.
Maybe they have short memories. Or, perhaps they sense an opportunity when one presents itself. Perhaps all of those.
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Whatever the case, it ended with three potential frontrunners seeming to defend MS-13.
You may perhaps remember, in May of last year, that President Trump referred to members of the gang — which started in Los Angeles but gets most of its membership from Central American immigrants — as “animals” during a roundtable discussion on immigration law at the White House.
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“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,” Trump said after remarks by Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims regarding the gang.
“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.”
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At the time, some media denuded the comments of the MS-13 context and some Democrats did, too. Nancy Pelosi wondered, “When the president of the United States says about undocumented immigrants, ‘These aren’t people, these are animals’ — you have to wonder, does he not believe in the spark of divinity, the dignity and worth of every person?”
That wasn’t her finest moment, though it didn’t particularly stick and was roughly 1,138 news cycles before the November midterms. The quote got dredged up again Friday, however, by a Twitter user named Mark Elliott.
Elliott - Context - Misleading - Quote - Asylum-seekers
Elliott’s context was even more misleading. He didn’t identify when the quote was being spoken and he conflated it with asylum-seekers, essentially inferring the quote was germane to the...
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