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Trump Laughs at Supporter's Proposal to Shoot Immigrants
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=50748"><span class="small">Justin Baragona, The Daily Beast</span></a>   
Thursday, 09 May 2019 08:28

Baragona writes: "President Trump chuckled and joked when a supporter at his Florida rally suggested shooting immigrants as a way to decrease migrant crossings at the southern border on Wednesday night."

Trump supporters. (photo: NBC)
Trump supporters. (photo: NBC)

Trump Laughs at Supporter's Proposal to Shoot Immigrants

By Justin Baragona, The Daily Beast

09 May 19

‘That’s only in the panhandle you can get away with that statement, folks,’ he said. ‘Only in the panhandle!’

resident Trump chuckled and joked when a supporter at his Florida rally suggested shooting immigrants as a way to decrease migrant crossings at the southern border on Wednesday night.

Ranting about the recent influx of asylum-seeking migrants before a crowd in Panama City, the president complained about how “crazy” it is that those seeking asylum in the U.S. get to see judges before claiming there are only “two or three border security people who are brave” that are forced to deal with “15,000 people marching up.”

“Don’t forget, we don’t let them and we can’t let them use weapons,” Trump continued. “We can’t. Other countries do. We can’t. I would never do that.”

Asking how to “stop these people,” a rallygoer close to the stage shouted: “Shoot ‘em!”

The crowd erupted in laughter as the president grinned and shook his head. Without condemning or condoning the suggestion, Trump attempted to brush it off with a joke.

“That’s only in the panhandle you can get away with that statement, folks,” he exclaimed. “Only in the panhandle!”

While the president hasn’t endorsed using gunfire to deter migrants from approaching the border, he did tell Fox News’ Sean Hannity in March that it could be a “very effective” method.

“Now we are capturing these people,” Trump said. “We are getting them but we don't do it like other countries. Other countries stand there with machine guns, ready to fire.”

He added: “We can't do that. I wouldn't want to do that, OK? It's a very effective way of doing it but I wouldn't want to do it. We can't do it.”

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+13 # BetaTheta 2019-05-09 10:28
Dog whistles, dog whistles. Wink, wink.
+6 # Anne Frank 2019-05-09 11:22
U.S. sends Israel over $10 million per day to shoot unarmed protestors that Israel says threaten its border. U.S. could do the same now that the regime has rejected the rule of law in favor of violence against the world.
+2 # tsyganka 2019-05-09 18:10
About half an hour ago, I signed a petition from Public Citizen that condemns this stinking fascist behavior by non-president trump. It was a necessary action, but insufficient. We should be in the streets.

The non-president's words are those of a fascist. He has disobeyed the rule of law in many ways, and his appointees are aimed at overthrowing our form of government from within. This 'shoot them' is the latest example. Right before that were his mass revocations of press passes, and Barr's refusal to comply with a subpoena from Congress.

Destroying the free press and the co-equality of our three branches of government is an attempted coup. The non-president and his lickspittles (Todd Starnes, e.g.) are now busy projecting the coup idea onto Democrats et al.

(I subscribe to Toddy's silly newsletter to read the latest propaganda and to kick a Republican or two in the fork via the comment section. It doesn't do any real good except that I derive pleasure from it. Some days a good jolly is worth whatever it takes. But I digress...)

A controlled press and violence against a scapegoat group are two of the primary characteristics of fascism. The question remains: What Can We Do About It?

As it looks like we're Not going to have paper ballots in time for 2020, I think that a prolonged general strike is the only peaceful means left of stopping this overthrow. What do you think?