Our president, Donald Trump, was doing one of his lame call-ins to Sean Hannity when he talked about his border policy, flippantly remarking that the U.S. doesn’t shoot those attempting to cross the border with machine guns even though that’s “a very effective way of doing it.”
It’s unclear, in Trump Brain™ terms, whether this is a very bad joke or rather Trump bragging about how virtuous his administration is for only caging immigrants and not blatantly executing them. It seems like the latter.
In Trumps semi-coherent words:
“We need to defend our country. People pouring in. I mean they are pouring…Now we’re capturing these people. We’re getting them. But, you know, we don’t do like other countries. Other countries stand there with machine guns ready to fire. We can’t do that and I wouldn’t want to do that, OK? It’s a very effective way of doing it and I wouldn’t want to do it, we can’t do it. But we do…if we have barriers and we have the wall….”
Observers expressed concern that Trump’s rhetoric would inspire immigration-obsessives to acts of violence, especially after anti-immigrant mass shootings like the recent massacre in Christchurch, NZ.
He basically just told the #MinuteMen to shoot on sight!
— C. Chad Woodruff (@neurophile2016) March 28, 2019
This is pretty fucking close to yelling “Fire!” in a crowded theatre, no? https://t.co/jrMq1LYe5a
— Michael Bonfiglio (@mbonfiglio2000) March 28, 2019
Saying this stuff, is no longer about embarrassment. It’s psychotic. Would anyone be surprised if one of his followers showed up at the border with an assault rifle after this sort of rhetoric?
— PJ (@sunnydaycrash) March 28, 2019
Nope, not responsible for any of the previous shootings…. DEFINITELY won't take responsibility if one of his supporters starts gunning down brown people at the border…. #IsThisWhatYouWant? #Resist https://t.co/fhrxV2W0rE
— We are ALL Section 31 (@Secti0n31) March 28, 2019
Summoning up violence … proof he’s back to work.
— FigVille USA (@FigVilleUSA) March 28, 2019
pure evil – I'm convinced he says things like this to implant ideas in the minds of his base https://t.co/7O6fg6oeGv
— volvox stan ✨ (@mainframeplayer) March 28, 2019
For fuck's sake… After all the mass shootings, he tosses this tidbit out? https://t.co/KAtCC9Rj7M
— Tina??Keith (@blackcatt44) March 28, 2019
If you don’t think this is staging for genocide, you haven’t studied history. Later he’ll say, “yeah we didn’t want to, but the walls didn’t work b/c they came on planes, leaving us no choice, etc” https://t.co/WFzq7mnVur
— curtis morrison (@curtisatlaw) March 28, 2019
For the sake of efficiency, can we just assume that Donald Trump said the worst possible thing everyday and the GOP just ignored it?
I feel like the continual outrage-disappointment-acquiescence cycle is making me dead inside. Can't we just skip ahead to hating all Republicans?
— Devin Nunes' Second Cousin (@wanderslug) March 28, 2019
but hey, at least there wasn't a mass shooting recently inspired in part by Trumps racist rhetoric along with fear of immigration
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) March 28, 2019
Trump’s deranged and brutal statement managed to inspire a new level of disgust in those watching.
It kind of sounds like the President thinks shooting people is an effective crowd control measure. https://t.co/359MGli3An
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) March 28, 2019
But also, not the least bit surprising.
— Mike (@Max50m) March 28, 2019
OMG!!! So don't shoot at them, but what a great idea to shoot at them?
— Leticia Servin (@ServinTaco) March 28, 2019
It's like he's saying he really wants to do it but he's not allowed. This man is effed up.
— Chrissy B ? (@Kivrin1978) March 28, 2019
Trump says Guns "ready to fire" at the border is "effective". Being that most if not all of these people seeking asylem are Indiginious to turtle island, I wonder where the U.S fired guns at unarmed #indiginous people before? #woundedknee #sandcreek #NativeTwitter https://t.co/z6dLvAm1gW
— Kevin Flynn (@ThatLakotaGuy) March 28, 2019
Christchurch was just under TWO WEEKS ago. One of the most horrific examples of the consequences of this kind of rhetoric is still an open wound for the thinking and feeling world. But these guys don’t even pause. https://t.co/KK2BfFSZ82
— Salome Strangelove (@salstrange) March 28, 2019
h/t: Fox News