As approximately 7200 migrants continue to caravan to the United States border, Donald Trump continues to sow fear against them.
The president has used the numbers and races of those seeking to enter the country to paint the picture of an American invasion when, in reality, these caravans have happened before and due to the thousands of miles required of the journey, the numbers are usually down to only hundreds by the time the groups actually arrive at the border.
Nonetheless, the president continued to vilify the asylum seekers making the arduous trek to the United States.
Trump claims, without evidence, that if journalists "took cameras" into the migrant caravan, "You're going to find MS-13, you're going to find Middle Eastern, you're going to find everything. And guess what, we're not allowing the them in our country." pic.twitter.com/Z8TLsqotnn
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 22, 2018
“Take your cameras and search okay? Take your cameras and you’re going to find MS-13, you’re going to find Middle Eastern. You’re going to find everything. And guess what? We’re not allowing them in our country.”
The president has frequently stoked the irrational fears of his base by invoking the Middle East and the gang MS-13.
Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy. Must change laws!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2018
Today as he doubled down on the comments, people are making sure to call the president out for the many holes in his logic.
What does you're going to find Middle Eastern even mean? Is he trying to say all Middle Eastern people are bad people or is he just an idiot?
— Dowhatisright (@stand4all) October 22, 2018
Just another outrageous lie.
— Yup – still nasty. (@58isthenew40) October 22, 2018
Like this violent gang of thugs.
Oh wait this is NY
and these are Trump's Proud lil Boys pic.twitter.com/pSePf13uYY
— Night Mists 🌜🌃🎭🎑🌌🎑🎭🌃🌛 (@Nitemists) October 22, 2018
Others asked exactly what he meant.