(CNSNews.com) President Donald Trump said at a rally in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday night that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi “loves MS-13.”
She is ‘the MS-13 lover,” Trump declared.
Trump was referring to Pelosi’s reaction to his calling MS-13 gang members “animals” when he held a meeting at the White House earlier this month with a group of local officials from California who object to the state sanctuary policies.
Referring to former Democratic Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, who is running for the Senate against Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Trump said: “He’s an absolute total tool of Chuck Schumer. He is a tool of Chuck Shumer and, of course, the MS-13 lover, Nancy Pelosi.
“She loves MS-13. Can you imagine?” said Trump. “Remember, I said they are animals and she said: How dare you say that! How dare you say that! Have you seen what they’ve done? Have you seen what they are doing to us? And we are taking them out of our country by the thousands. Out! Out! By the thousands.”
On May 16, Trump met at the White House with local officials from California to discuss the administration’s efforts to roll back California state sanctuary laws that inhibit local cooperation with federal immigration-enforcement agencies that try to take custody of criminal aliens who have been detained in the state.
Some of the discussion that day revolved directly around the MS-13 gang.
“Each of you has bravely resisted California's deadly and unconstitutional sanctuary state laws,” Trump said. “You've gone through a lot, too, although it's becoming quite popular what you're doing.”
“California's law provides safe harbor to some of the most vicious and violent offenders on Earth, like MS-13 gang members putting innocent men, women, and children at the mercy of these sadistic criminals,” Trump said. “But we're moving them out of this country by the thousands. MS-13, we're grabbing them by the thousands and we're getting them out.”
Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims specifically brought up the difficulty of dealing with MS-13 gang members under the California law. It was in this context that Trump referred to “animals.”
“There could be an MS-13 member I know about--if they don't reach a certain threshold, I cannot tell ICE about it,” Mims told 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,” Trump said. “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.
“As I said before, the dumbest laws on immigration in the world,” Trump said. “So we're going to take care of it, Margaret. We'll get it done.”
The next day at her press conference, Nancy Pelosi responded to Trump’s remarks as if he had been speaking about illegal aliens generally rather than about MS-13-type criminals that local law enforcement agencies, like the Fresno Sheriff’s office, are trying to deal with.
“And so when the president of the United States says about undocumented immigrants, ‘These aren't people. These are animals’ you have to wonder, does he not believe in the spark of divinity, the dignity and worth of every person? ‘These are not people. These are animals.’ The president of the United States.
“Every day that you think you've seen it all, along comes another manifestation of why their policies are so inhumane, and why we have to continue to debate, striving for bipartisanship with openness about what is what is at stake and what the choices are, and to be unifying in every way possible. Calling people animals is not a good thing.”