Trump Conflates Undocumented Immigrants With MS-13, Claims They Want To ‘Infest Our Country’

Trump Conflates Undocumented Immigrants With MS-13, Claims They Want To ‘Infest Our Country’

Remember a few weeks ago when President Donald Trump and his allies were absolutely losing it over their claims that the president was taken out of context when he said “these are animals” during a roundtable discussion on Calfornia’s sanctuary laws? Team Trump claimed that he was specifically describing violent MS-13 gang members as animals, though going through a transcript of his comments definitely made it appear his remarks applied to all illegal immigrants who are deported.

With the administration currently facing intense bipartisan criticism over its “zero tolerance” immigration policy that has resulted in the separation of thousands of migrant children from their parents, the president did what he does best on Tuesday morning — took to Twitter to shitpost. And at one point, he conflated MS-13 with undocumented immigrants.

As you can see in the tweet above, Trump complained that the “Democrats are the problem” when it comes to immigration.

“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,” he wrote.

He finished up the tweet by tossing out one of hardline immigration hawks’ favorite talking points — Democrats see illegal immigrants as “potential voters.” (Watch any broadcast of Tucker Carlson Tonight and you’ll hear this parroted several times.)

The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman pointed out that this shouldn’t go unnoticed following Trump’s insistence that he was taken out of context over his “animals” remarks.

It is apparent the president is using dehumanizing language to describe migrants, especially those coming to this country from Latin America. He is also making sure to associate immigrants with the violent few as a way to paint all of them as violent and how it is imperative that America close itself off to this threat.

Trump’s use of “infest” drew a lot of condemnation online:

Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.