President Donald Trump on Tuesday quintupled down on the lie he has repeatedly told by once again falsely blaming Democrats for his own immigration policy.
“Democrats are the problem,” Trump wrote. “They don’t care about crime and want illegal immigrants, no matter how bad they may be, to pour into and infest our Country, like MS-13. They can’t win on their terrible policies, so they view them as potential voters!”
Democrats are the problem. They don’t care about crime and want illegal immigrants, no matter how bad they may be, to pour into and infest our Country, like MS-13. They can’t win on their terrible policies, so they view them as potential voters!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 19, 2018
In fact, the current policy of separating immigrant parents from their children is entirely due to actions by the Trump administration. Administration officials including Attorney General Jeff Sessions and aide Stephen Miller have even publicly stated that the policy is being used as a purported “deterrent” against immigrants trying to enter the country illegally.
Additionally, Trump’s use of the word “infest” to describe immigrants’ behavior is part of a broader pattern of dehumanizing rhetoric aimed at foreigners. Earlier this year, Trump said that undocumented immigrants in the United States were “animals” who couldn’t even be described as “human,” although the White House later insisted that the president was only talking about MS-13 gang members, not immigrants as a whole.