Trump Revives Infamous Mexican ‘Rapists’ Claim: ‘Women Are Raped at Levels’ No One Has ‘Ever Seen’
President Donald Trump went on a tear against the country’s immigration system during a roundtable discussion on tax reform in West Virginia Thursday, and provided a vague explanation of his infamous remarks that Mexico is “sending…rapists” to the United States.
As Trump railed against the diversity visa lottery, he again repeated his (erroneous) claim that foreign countries are “not putting their good ones” in the lottery, and recalled the speech which kicked off his long-shot presidential campaign in 2015.
“And remember my opening remarks, at Trump Tower when I opened,” he said. “Everybody said, ‘Oh, he was so tough.’ And I used the word ‘rape.'”
The president went on to make a reference to the “caravan,” a group of Central Americans who have been making their way through Mexico to seek asylum in the U.S.
The caravan — which has become something of an immigration boogeyman for Fox News and right wing media — was organized to protect migrants making their way to Mexico and the U.S. from cartels crime, including rape.
“And yesterday it came out where this journey coming up, women are raped at levels that nobody has ever seen before,” Trump continued. “They don’t want to mention that.”
Meanwhile, Buzzfeed’s Adolfo Flores reports from Mexico:
I’ve been with the caravan for 12 days and haven’t seen or heard of anyone being “raped at levels that nobody has ever seen before.”
— Adolfo Flores (@aflores) April 5, 2018
The president then pivoted back towards criticizing Democrats for trying to thwart his border security efforts, as well as describing in gruesome detail — “they cut people up!” — the crimes of gang MS-13.
“So we have to change our laws,” Trump said. “And the Democrats, what they’re doing is insanity.”
Watch above, via Fox News.
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