Trump Says He Wouldn't Have Rescued 'That Clown' on Statue of Liberty

By Susan Jones | July 6, 2018 | 5:05 AM EDT

President Trump energizes a campaign rally in Montana on Thursday night. (Photo: Screen capture/C-SPAN)

( - The nation's commander in chief gave his Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency a ringing endorsement Thursday night at a campaign rally in Montana.

He also praised the bravery of police officers who rescued an immigration protester who climbed up the Statue of Liberty on July 4th:

"The Democrats want open borders, which means lots of crime. We want tough, strong, powerful borders, and we want no crime and we're going to protect ICE. We protect ICE. They protect us and we protect them," Trump said.

"You saw that clown yesterday on the Statue of Liberty? You see the guys that went up there? I wouldn't have done it. I would have said let's get some nets and let's wait until she comes down. Just get some nets," the president said.

"You see those guys -- the bravery of doing that? What a group. We protect ICE, and our border patrol, and our law enforcement, and our fire department."

("That clown," meanwhile, spoke to reporters Thursday outside a federal courthouse in Manhattan: "Michelle Obama — our beloved First Lady that I care so much about — said, 'When they go low, we go high,' and I went as high as I could," said Therese Okoumou, a Congolese immigrant.)

Trump was in Montana to campaign for Matt Rosendale, the Republican who is challenging incumbent Sen. Jon Tester, whom Trump described as a liberal Democrat.

"So if you look at John Tester, he signed up for the Democrats' radical immigration agenda, which is 'let them come in,' Trump said.

"We believe in coming into this country legally. We believe in coming in legally. We believe in the merit system...A vote for the Democrats in November is a vote to let MS-13 run wild in our communities; to let drugs pour into our cities, and to take jobs and benefits away from our hardworking Americans, and we're not letting it happen. Democrats want anarchy, they really do, and they don't know who they're playing with, folks."

Later in his speech, Trump returned to the immigration issue:

The new platform of the Democrat party is to abolish ICE. In other words, they want to abolish immigration enforcement entirely. That's what they want to do. They want -- they want everybody coming in.

And you know the beauty with ICE -- they're so tough. When you have these MS-13 thugs come in, ICE goes in and wipes them out like nothing because they're much tougher. They wipe them out and they liberate towns and on islands (ph) and other places. You know its like -- it's like you're occupied. It's like a nation is occupying your country.

So we're taking them out by the thousands. And if it weren't for ICE, we wouldn't be doing it. These are savage gangs, MS-13 and others. We will not stand for these vile Democrat smears against our law enforcement and that includes our great police. That includes our great border patrol. That includes our military where they're always fighting against funding for the military.

We will always stand by, proudly, the heroes -- and they're our heroes on ICE and border patrol and law enforcement and on military. Every day I'm president, we will track down the gang members, drug deals, child predators and criminal aliens that we find. We will get them. We will throw the hell out of our country or put them in jail.

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