President Donald Trump held a rally in Panama City, Florida and his anti-immigrant rhetoric inspired one of his supporters to call for people coming across the southern border to be shot.
Trump, stoking xenophobic angst, said:
“When you have 15,000 people marching up and you have hundreds and hundreds of people you have two or three border security people that are brave and great… and don’t forget, we don’t let them and we can’t let them use weapons… we can’t. Other countries do, but we can’t. I would never do that.”
This is not true, as Trump has authorized the use of tear gas on asylum seekers.
“But how do you stop these people?” Trump continued.
“Shoot them!” a woman yelled from the crowd.
The reaction from Trump and his fans was horrifying. Instead of condemning threats of violence, Trump smirked and cracked a joke.
“That’s only in the panhandle you can get away with that statement,” Trump quipped. “Only in the panhandle.
It's hard to tell what someone in the crowd yells at Trump, but immediately after talking about not using violence/weapons on immigrants, Trump laughs and says "only in the panhandle can you get away with that statement."
The crowd erupts. pic.twitter.com/SgQd2OH9ti
— jordan (@JordanUhl) May 9, 2019
The president of the United States and his adoring congregants, everyone.
— Daniel dePlantagenet (@dePlantagenet) May 9, 2019
Gotta love these good Christians
— Walter Alexander (@waltalexxander) May 9, 2019
The Laughing Fatheads are a nice touch
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) May 9, 2019
Is this how you MAGA?
And Hillary got excoriated for calling some of his supporters deplorable. She was too kind if you ask me.
— Greg Baxter (@gdbaxter77) May 9, 2019
He and his followers were made for each other.
— Carrie Moley (@carrie_moley) May 9, 2019
The fact that Trump rewarded this behavior is terrifying.
"Shoot them". ~ A trump supporter when asked about stopping illegal immigrants at the border.
Remember…these people are #ProLife.
— Mike Wickett (@mikewickett) May 9, 2019
Last night at his rally Trump laughed when a guy shouted “shoot them” about migrants at the border but please tell me more about how pro-choice people are “baby killers”.
— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) May 9, 2019
“Though Trump didn’t explicitly endorse the suggestion to shoot migrants, his joking response raised concerns that he was tacitly encouraging extrajudicial killings and brutality against asylum seekers and undocumented immigrants.”
There are no words. https://t.co/ZMihTnS7hC
— House Homeland Security Committee (@HomelandDems) May 9, 2019
At his rally tonight, Trump said the government is unable to use weapons against immigrants and someone in the crowd shouted "Shoot them!” Trump and his supporters then erupted in laughter. They are laughing at migrants being shot. Trump & his rabid cult are so fucking sick.
— Ryan Knight (@ProudResister) May 9, 2019
I think he's grooming them until he does start shooting them.
— Brigitte Meskey (@bkmeskey48) May 9, 2019
Was this a political event or a hate rally? It has become impossible to tell the difference.
And then he basks in the crowds praise for murdering other human beings
— Martin (@Marty_Shannon) May 9, 2019
How exactly is this different from an actual Hitler rally?
— AbbyNormal (@fbrodya) May 9, 2019
This is soul crushing.
— John MaGowan (@_Juandisimo_) May 9, 2019
We're in more than a Constitutional crisis when the President condones Florida residents shooting immigrants. Jesus take the wheel.
— Joanne (@joanneccharles) May 9, 2019
“Dystopian freakshow” pretty much sums it up.
We are so far down the rabbit hole.
None of this is going to end well we all know that. It’s going to get far uglier before it gets better and it’s frightening
— Laura Iacometta (@Laurapacu) May 9, 2019
Heaven help us!
— Lynn Bowling (@Bowling4Lynn) May 9, 2019
Americans, you may have crossed into far more dangerous territory than 2016 predicted.
— Billionaires, pay ya damn taxes (@ImanOfleh) May 9, 2019
How much more can we take?
He’s making violence acceptable. Impeach now while we still can!!
— Janine Baker (@janinememe) May 9, 2019
End this sham presidency. Do it. Act. Now. Impeach.
— Linda White (@PrincessMusashi) May 9, 2019
But her emails.