A new poll conducted after the President’s fiery rhetoric towards violent gang members show the majority of Americans side with Trump’s remarks; saying it’s “fair” to describe MS-13 members as “animals.”
According to the survey conducted by Harvard/Harris over 56% of those asked believe labeling the criminal cartel as “animals” was a “fair description,” compared to 44% who believed the term was an “unfair” characterization.
The poll comes days after President Trump made national headlines when he described illegal MS-13 members residing in US prisons as “animals,” sparking outrage from liberal politicians who claimed he was referring to all immigrants from Central America and Mexico.
“We are 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 rate that’s never happened before,” said the President during a round-table discussion at the White House.
Senator Chuck Schumer pounced on the President’s comments within hours, saying his “great-grand parents” weren’t “animals.”
When all of our great-great-grandparents came to America they weren’t “animals,” and these people aren’t either.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) May 16, 2018
h/t The Hill
GANGLAND: New Yorkers PRAISE Trump’s Crackdown on ‘Animal’ MS-13
Local residents on Long Island, New York praised the President’s tough approach to violent street gang MS-13 this week; thanking the President for his harsh crackdown on the cartel that has terrorized communities for over a decade.
The President first visited the region in July to talk with leaders about the “bloodstained killing fields” that had overrun their neighborhoods; saying his administration will “dismantle and eradicate” the gang after multiple murders terrorized the suburban communities.
“It feels a lot better and safer,” longtime Brentwood resident Melissa Early, 40, told Newsday. “I’m not sure if they’ve moved on or they just know people are gunning for them.”
“It used to be … people afraid to walk around,” she said. “Now it’s all different. The police are really on top of things.”
Democrat Nassau County Executive Laura Curran praised the Trump administration’s response to MS-13, calling the President’s focus on law enforcement a “unique opportunity.”
“It is a unique opportunity,” Curran said, “to directly seek more federal funds and assistance for law enforcement to combat gangs and gain resources for community groups to keep our youth from joining gangs.”
Read the full story at Fox News.
HUCKABEATING: Sarah Sanders UNLOADS on ‘LIBERALS’ Out to ‘DEFEND MS-13’
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders slammed liberal legislators and the mainstream media Thursday for routinely misrepresenting the President’s comments on MS-13 gang members, saying the term “animals” doesn’t go far enough.
“The President was very clearly referring to MS-13 gang members who entered the country illegally and whose deportations are hamstrung by our laws. This is one of the most vicious and deadly gangs,” said Sanders.
"If the media and liberals want to defend MS-13, they're more than welcome to. Frankly, I don't think the term that the president used was strong enough. MS-13 has done heinous acts. It took an animal to stab a man 100 times and decapitate him and rip his heart out. It took an animal to beat a woman they were sex-trafficking with a bat 28 times, indenting part of her body. And it took an animal to kidnap, drug, and rape a 14-year-old Houston girl. Frankly, I think that the term 'animal' doesn't go far enough." – Press Secretary Sarah Sanders
Posted by Fox News on Thursday, May 17, 2018
“If the media and liberals want to defend MS-13, they’re more than welcome to. Frankly, I don’t think the term that the president used was strong enough. MS-13 has done heinous acts,” said the Press Secretary.
“It took an animal to stab a man 100 times and decapitate him and rip his heart out. It took an animal to beat a woman they were sex-trafficking with a bat 28 times, indenting part of her body. And it took an animal to kidnap, drug, and rape a 14-year-old Houston girl. Frankly, I think that the term ‘animal’ doesn’t go far enough,” she added.
Watch Sanders’ comments above.