Many in the press and on the left won't let go of their disgraceful smear of President Donald Trump after he called MS-13 gang members "animals" last week. They continue to falsely claim that he was referring to all immigrants, or to all illegal immigrants.
He wasn't. But to political writers like the Washington Post's Philip Bump, the truth obviously doesn't matter.
This smear is so over-the-top that even the fervidly anti-Trump Associated Press backed away from it late last week.
The AP deleted a tweet claiming that "Trump referred to those crossing US border illegally as 'animals.'" The wire service still dishonestly claimed in its tweet deletion announcement that "it wasn't made clear that he was speaking after a comment about gang members." Anyone reading last week's roundtable transcript would know that this was a childish cop-out.
But Phil Bump remains undeterred, and used Trump's Wednesday Long Island visit to promote the calumny:
... While the event in Bethpage, N.Y., was described as a “roundtable on immigration,” the chosen location, Trump’s opening comments and the assembled guests made clear that the focus was more specifically on the criminal gang MS-13 and tying their actions to immigrants more broadly.
That's horse manure.
Trump tied MS-13's violent and deadly actions to weaknesses in U.S. immigration policy and not "immigrants more broadly." Bump essentially admitted as much by quoting Trump in later paragraphs:
He introduced the other people participating in the roundtable, including the family of two young women who were killed by MS-13 members.
“Their beautiful daughters were murdered by MS-13 gang members,” Trump said, “many of whom exploited glaring loopholes — and we have the biggest loopholes of any country anywhere in the world. We have the worst immigration laws of any country anywhere in the world — but they exploited the loopholes in our laws to enter the country as unaccompanied alien minors.”
So how was what Trump said during this roundtable a general smear against the headlined "large immigrant community? Here's Bump's hopelessly lame "logic":
He again tries to claim that his opponents are objecting to calling MS-13 “animals” because they are defending members of the gang. They aren’t, of course; they’re objecting to the dehumanizing language of a group that Trump often deliberately uses as a proxy for the immigrant community.
The reason Trump asserts that opponents are defending MS-13 (who motte is "Rape, kill, control") is because they are, as Fox News's Tucker Carlson and many others noted during the past week (click on graphic to see the related video):
Bump's "proxy" claim furthers an irresponsible, deliberately false smear.
A Long Island mother whose daughter Kayla Cuevas was one of two teenage girls murdered by MS-13 members in 2016, had no qualms about agreeing with Trump:
Naturally, Philip Bump didn't quote what Evelyn Rodriguez had to say — nor did he even have the decency to name the victims (the second victim was Nisa Mickens) or other still-grieving family members.
Cross-posted at BizzyBlog.com.