Media’s Outrage at Trump Calling MS-13 “animals” is Off-Base and Out-of-Touch



For nearly one hour, President Trump listened to California politicians talk about the negative impact of the state’s sanctuary city policies, including how they complicate prosecutions of notoriously brutal MS-13 members. The media may have been listening, but their gross misrepresentation of comments exposes a tone deafness to the brutal nature of the gang.

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims talked in detail to the president about her experience with sanctuary laws and how she is being prevented from telling Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) about MS-13 gang members in her custody.

In response, the president responded, “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.”

The reaction to the president describing murderers and rapists as “animals” was lacking in accuracy and context.

The New York Times headline declared, “Trump calls some unauthorized immigrants ‘Animals’ in rant.”

Then the reporter said Trump had “lashed out at undocumented immigrants during a White House meeting on Wednesday, warning in front of news cameras that dangerous people were clamoring to breach the country’s borders and branding such people “animals.’”

USA Today asserted, “Trump ramps up rhetoric on undocumented immigrants: ‘These aren’t people. These are animals.’”

NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell noted the “tough take down” of Trump by a totally unbiased observer — California Gov. Jerry Brown, who went on a Twitter rant of his own.

A news analysis in The Washington Post argued Trump was “evoking an ugly history of dehumanization.”

One of the few media figures to correctly report the president’s remarks was CNN’s Jake Tapper, who tweeted:

“Here is the full context of President Trump’s ‘animals’ comment during the immigration/sanctuary city roundtable, which came as a Sheriff was complaining about restrictions placed on ICE databases, and MS-13 gang members.”

The media’s response showcases a bias against the president’s immigration agenda that prevents them from recognizing some MS-13 members are worse than animals.

First, consider the gang’s motto is “Kill. Rape. Control.”

Second, a recent web report by Boston’s WBUR about the largest criminal case against MS-13 required an editor’s note warning readers that they “may find the language or situations described below upsetting.”

The cases involved an El Salvadoran defendant who had hit his victim in the head with a machete and a Honduran who missed his target and ended up killing a mother standing outside a domestic abuse center with her children.

Reporters should speak with the family of 25-year-old Santos Arquimidis Sorto Amay, who was shot multiple times by MS-13 gang members, placed in the trunk of his car and driven to a park where the vehicle was set on fire.

Or better yet, with 22-year-old Edwin Chicas, whose gang name is “Animal.”

How outrageous.

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Jennifer joined FAIR as Web Content Writer in 2017 and brings to the role extensive communications and media background. She began her career as a policy research analyst on multiple national and state political campaigns before entering journalism. In addition to spending over a decade writing for several broadcast and print news outlets, Jennifer directed communications strategy for a member of Congress and a military nonprofit.

6 Comments

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    S. M. Augustine on

    The media is off base , out of touch AND delusional if they think most citizens aren’t disgusted with their relentless blatant BIAS.

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    You have to love the “tough takedown” stuff like Andrea Mitchell claims Jerry Brown did of Trump. Brown is just another pandering blowhard who has helped ruin a once great state. They used to say if you wanted to see America in five years look to California now. Pretty frightening. The sidewalks of major cities covered in human waste and addict’s needles. Over a hundred thousand homeless and that does not include those living out of their vehicles because they can’t afford housing on even a upper middle class salary. Constant water shortages and Brown says more immigration is great. To top it off some people are calling on him to run for president in 2020 when this brain dead idiot will be 82.

    As for Mitchell, all you need to know about her credibility is that she covered the Bush v. Kerry debates in 2004. After the debate she ripped Kerry for his criticism of Fed chairman Alan Greenspan. What neither she nor NBC mentioned is that she is also Mrs. Greenspan. Conflict much?

    Not surprising that CNN may be moving to more balance. Their ratings are crashing. They have been a destructive force in this country for years. In both the cases of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown in Ferguson, they created narratives that turned out to be false in the end, when most of the facts were easily available from the beginning. Everyone saw a video of Brown robbing and assaulting a store owner half his size, but there was his mother at the Democratic convention sobbing that her 300 pound baby was a victim of the cops.

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    janetta prussia on

    POTUS was wrong for saying that about the ms-13 gang members. What he should have called them is MONSTERS. They killed Seth Rich for Debbie Waserman Shultz and they engage in human trafficcing and drugs too. Anyone who ys offended by POTUS statement must have a vested interest in covering for the gang or theyre just plain evil and have a communist/;socialist agenda.

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    gnerd phynque on

    The information in the media regarding MS-13 certainly would lead a rational person to believe the term “animal” would be an understatement.

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