At a meeting with California leaders to discuss sanctuary cities yesterday, Trump went off on one of his frighteningly racist and bigoted tangents while calling for tougher immigration laws and whining about the Mexican officials that “do nothing” to help protect U.S. borders.
Trump then moved onto answering a question about certain immigrants, specifically MS-13 gang members, who are admittedly not great people.
Here's is his entire quote in context:
Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims: "Thank you. There could be an M13 gang member I know about — if they don't reach a certain threshold, I cannot tell ICE about it."
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. 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."
But this is where the trouble starts. When The President of the United States starts referring to any group as inhuman or "animals" this is the normalization of a hateful sort of rhetoric we've seen throughout history. Hitler called Jews "vermin" and in Rwanda Tutsi were dehumanized as "cockroaches" to justify their extermination.
The quotes are so very similar it is easy to get them confused, which is alarming in and of itself.
Besides taking a page from Goebbels' language playbook, Trump also blamed Democrats for the policy of separating children from their undocumented parents, “I know what you’re going through with families is very tough, but those are the bad laws the Democrats gave us. We have to break up families. The Democrats gave us that law. It’s a horrible thing we have to break up families.”
Read more about the dehumanizing rhetoric, “Trump ramps up rhetoric on undocumented immigrants: 'These aren't people. These are animals.' written by Gregory Korte and Alan Gomez and posted by USA Today on May 16, 2018.