LETTER: Trump defenders should take a closer look at his real words


To Ozaukee Press:
    This rebuttal is in response to two letters that appeared in the July 12 edition of Ozaukee Press: Peggy Klug’s “Trump never said immigrants are animals, yet the lie lives on” and Andy Dieringer’s “Trump has done more good in one year than others did in 28,” which claimed that Trump did not call immigrants animals, but was referring to MS-13 gang members as animals.
    Perhaps if the Trump defenders had taken the time to research the facts, as opposed to the ill-informed rhetoric that they tried to pass off as fact, they would have discovered what Trump actually said. I have researched this through several unimpeachable sources, not the least of which is PolitiFact, and I quote as follows:
    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.”
    PolitiFact: “President Donald Trump has fueled criticism from lawmakers and immigrant rights advocates after saying that some people coming into the United States are ‘animals.’”
    You will also note that MS-13 was not mentioned in Trump’s comment.
    PolitiFact: “Trump’s remarks came during a May 16 immigration roundtable discussion that touched on so-called sanctuary cities, MS-13 gang members, the federal “catch and release” practice, and policies in California related to the detention of immigrants. Participants included cabinet members, California sheriffs and other elected officials.”
    I am reminded of Abraham Lincoln’s remark, to wit: “’tis better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”
    It was ever thus.
Dave Caruana



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