Former President Donald Trump's daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, urged Americans in border towns to arm themselves against an influx of immigration at the southern border.
She made the comments on far-right Fox News host Jeanine Pirro's broadcast, which has a long history of anti-immigrant rhetoric, such as referring to immigrant children as "lower level" human beings.
Watch Lara Trump's words below.
Lara Trump says people who live at the southern border should get guns and take matters into their own hands https://t.co/2JL30va6nF— Acyn (@Acyn) 1623547042.0
"I don't know what you tell the people that live at the southern border. I guess they better arm up and get guns and be ready, and maybe they're gonna have to take matters into their own hands."
Rhetoric like this has been proven to incite violence against Hispanic people, regardless of their immigration status. In 2019, a shooter opened fire in an El Paso, Texas shopping center, killing 23 people. The shooter claimed his actions were meant as a rebellion against "the Hispanic invasion of Texas," though Hispanic people have been an integral part of the state's culture for centuries.
That shooter also cited the Great Replacement conspiracy theory—another Fox News talking point.
Even though undocumented immigrants are considerably less likely to be arrested for violent crimes than native-born Americans, Lara Trump apparently thinks shooting them is justified.
People were disgusted by her claim.
Ummm. WHAT? Vigilante justice is not how things work in America, you twit. https://t.co/IFf58rz7EY— Tara Setmayer (@Tara Setmayer) 1623633944.0
Wow. Lara Trump says Americans at the southern border should “get guns, arm up & be ready” to take “matters into t… https://t.co/bwGSuTgwp5— Nick Knudsen 🇺🇸 (@Nick Knudsen 🇺🇸) 1623611252.0
This is dangerous. The former president's daughter-in-law is calling for people to shoot immigrants. It's worse aft… https://t.co/06U4oTtK8i— Russell Foster for Texas (@Russell Foster for Texas) 1623549746.0
Normal stuff, just an open call for vigilantism on a national “news” network https://t.co/mjJPuyICRW— Brendan Nyhan (@Brendan Nyhan) 1623549831.0
Daughter of wealthy boat manufacturer who, after working as a TV producer, married the 3rd generation heir to a rea… https://t.co/ChTxMM7ouC— Seth Cotlar (@Seth Cotlar) 1623550357.0
Every leader in the Republican Party at the state and federal level should be asked if they agree with this stateme… https://t.co/lKPX7fpPbm— Tim Fullerton (@Tim Fullerton) 1623556493.0
Many were reminded of the devastating El Paso shooting, and the despicable ideology that motivated it.
This is frighteningly familiar rhetoric to El Pasoans. https://t.co/FX0PTxQcdh— Bob Moore (@Bob Moore) 1623556686.0
The El Paso gunman drove NINE HOURS to the Texas border to kill brown people. He killed 23 people and wounded 23 ot… https://t.co/RWbStalawG— Shannon Watts (@Shannon Watts) 1623598202.0
This is exactly how El Paso massacre happened. He was following trump’s “stop the invasion” rhetoric. @BetoORourke https://t.co/5BlJOApLse— Justin Sweeney (@Justin Sweeney) 1623565654.0
Lara Trump also faced accusations of promoting vigilante violence.