During a stump speech for Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) in Nevada on Saturday, Donald Trump made a bizarre claim about Californians "rioting" that appears to be a complete fabrication.
While attacking Heller's opponent Jackie Rosen and "low IQ" Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), the president claimed both women voted "in favor of deadly sanctuary cities."
"A lot of people in California don't like [sanctuary cities] either," Trump said. "They're rioting now, they wanna get out of their sanctuary cities."
He again reiterated that people in sanctuary cities, or municipalities that refuse to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to deport undocumented immigrants under this president's aggressive policies, want to "get out."
Toronto Star Washington correspondent Daniel Dale pointed out the comments on Twitter and said the president was lying.
Trump lies that California residents are "rioting" in protest of sanctuary city immigration laws: "They're rioting… https://t.co/Y2CSJPC1v4— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale)1540061100.0
"This Trump lie is quite something," Dale noted. "The president is now inventing nonexistent domestic riots."
"The 'rioters,' in this fictional Trump story, are people who stand with him on the issue, not leftists or illegal immigrants or Soros employees or something," the reporter added. "It is weird."
And the “rioters,” in this fictional Trump story, are people who stand with him on the issue, not leftists or illeg… https://t.co/qlzCH3C3DX— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale)1540063928.0
Watch below, via CSPAN: