On Wednesday, President Donald Trump caused an avalanche of controversy after he called MS-13 gang members “animals.” Many publications took his words out of context so that it appeared he was referring to all immigrants.
The controversy took the internet by storm, and people began taking sides. Among those were Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
Schumer added to the narrative being pushed that Trump was calling all immigrants “animals”:
When all of our great-great-grandparents came to America they weren’t “animals,” and these people aren’t either.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) May 16, 2018
Pelosi then weighed in on Thursday during a press conference and stated that they are not “animals.”
“So when the president of the United States says about undocumented immigrants, ‘These aren’t people, these are animals,’ you have to wonder, does he not believe in the spark of divinity, the dignity and worth of every person?’” she asked.
“Calling people animals is not a good thing,” she concluded.
Here’s a reminder of what MS-13 has been accused of:
• Machete attacks
• Recruiting of middle schoolers
• Gang rape
• Home invasions
• Brutal beatings
• Murder where body parts are torn apart
During her press briefing on Thursday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated that the term Trump used wasn’t “strong enough” and explained that MS-13 stabbed a man 100 times, decapitated him, and ripped his heart out.