President Trump late Thursday afternoon delivered a brazenly political speech from the White House designed to gin up his base, and revealed he has ordered the 15,000 troops allegedly heading to the border to shoot any migrants if they throw rocks at U.S. soldiers.
After describing the migrants, who are mostly women and children, as “vicious,” President Trump said, “I hope not,” if he expected violence.
“It’s the military,” Trump mentioned, suggesting that there would be violence.
“Anybody throwing stones, rocks, like they did to Mexico, where they badly hurt police and soldiers of Mexico – we will consider that a firearm, because there’s not much difference. When you get hit in the face with a rock, we consider that a firearm, because there’s not much difference when you get hit in the face with a rock,” the American president told reporters.
“They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back,” President Trump added. “We’ll consider — and I told them — consider it a rifle. When they throw rocks like they did at the Mexico military and police, I say consider it a rifle.”
There actually is a great deal of difference between being hit with a rock and a bullet.
He also described the migrants entering Mexico as the “break-in” of a country.
Asked if he envisions the US military firing at migrants at the border, President Trump says: “I hope not.”
“I will tell you this, anybody throwing stones, rocks … we will consider that a firearm, because there’s not much difference when you get hit in the face with a rock.” pic.twitter.com/mnsc56EFT7
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 1, 2018
On social media many expressed outrage:
Those are NOT the rules of engagement for the troops outlined by the Pentagon. Back to you Secretary Mattis? https://t.co/4HLHS7tdMR
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) November 1, 2018
American President orders troops to shoot unarmed migrants in order to win an election is not a great moment for this country https://t.co/qSbLfLVMGv
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) November 1, 2018
Guns and rocks are exactly the same. That’s why I play Glock, paper scissors.
— Nathan Rodriguez (@ParagHatzNate) November 1, 2018
— Barb Fowlds (@fowldsbarb) November 1, 2018
Now I’m not a ballistics expert, but I’d be willing to bet there’s quite a bit of difference between a thrown rock and a bullet traveling 2,000+ feet per second. https://t.co/yETCUE8Vmb
— Paul Szoldra (@PaulSzoldra) November 1, 2018
Trump won’t help you or your family with healthcare costs or prescription drug costs. He won’t help increase your wages or lower gas prices. But he just announced that he’s authorizing the US military to shoot and kill migrants in the caravan if they throw a rock. https://t.co/RKuvWJJHbk
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) November 1, 2018
Trump says “a rock” will “be considered a firearm.”
He is encouraging border agents and soldiers to commit crimes. Shoot to kill anyone who throws a rock at the southern border. No commander at southern border will allow shooting anyone for throwing a rock.
— Lawrence O’Donnell (@Lawrence) November 1, 2018
“There’s not much difference when you get hit in the face with a rock”
WTF is he even talking about? https://t.co/Ao2mREvyA3
— Deep State Wisco 🏴☠️ (@Wisco) November 1, 2018
I should hope our men and women in uniform would refuse an order to fire on refugees. https://t.co/bWZVZqN2FX
— Justin Hendrix (@justinhendrix) November 1, 2018
You’d goddamned well better be down there with cameras, @NbcNews. If he authorizes the murder of innocent people, innocent children, and the media looks away, the empire is over. https://t.co/l3rDhRD9AJ
— Saundra Mitchell 🏳️🌈 All Out (@SaundraMitchell) November 1, 2018
Is this the country people want to live in? Where women and children are fired on by U.S. soldiers with automatic weapons? Stones are not bullets. https://t.co/tKedSPRcYD
— Richard Stengel (@stengel) November 1, 2018
This has a real chance of ending so fucking bad. https://t.co/oT5ByETylI
— Esmé (@Bearsatwit) November 1, 2018
what the actual fuck..
‘because there’s not much difference when you get hit in the face with a rock.’
wait… what? https://t.co/zQwDhSxMXq
— BIRTHDAYBITCH (@deadoriya) November 1, 2018
Trump approves of SHOOT TO KILL for hypothetical rock throwing immigrants and asylum seekers.
Is this who you want the U.S. to be?
Do we kill asylum seekers?
Do we allow the vulnerable in the U.S. to die from lack of health care?
THIS is what you’re voting on.
Who are we?
— Leah McElrath (@leahmcelrath) November 1, 2018
I was discharged from the U.S. Air Force quite a while ago. But I have never forgotten the oath and responsibilty of all military personnel to disobey unlawful orders. https://t.co/ABKWmGvU16
— Daniel Pinkston (@dpinkston) November 1, 2018
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‘Deranged Police State Fever Dream’: Internet Explodes Over Rudy Giuliani’s ‘Incredibly Fascist’ Video for 9/11
Former New York City mayor, now President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani observed the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks by posting a chilling, creepy, and many are saying “fascist” video in the early morning, tweeting “GOD BLESS AMERICA!” in all-caps.
The highly-edited video opens with staged images of people protesting fascism, as a young child slowly sings “America the Beautiful.”
The camera closes in on a lone police officer starting at the protestors, who are exercising their First Amendment rights.
In an apparent flashback the officer seems to be remembering his life: a police badge is pinned on his shirt, a flag-draped coffin of a U.S. service member is carried past him, and a young boy sits in front of a television set watching footage reminiscent of fire fighters raising a flag in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
He then flips down the clear shield on his helmet, and the camera shows him whipping out a club – just as the protestors jump the barricade.
The words “This We’ll Defend” flash on the screen.
GOD BLESS AMERICA! pic.twitter.com/VklXvWggKJ
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) September 11, 2019
The video is looped, repeating until the user stops it.
NBC News’ Ben Collins explains the video is “a ‘banned from the Super Bowl’ ad that skirted the rules and got conservative media attention.”
This is not the start of a dystopian David Fincher movie about a cop who lost his mind (good guess!).
It’s a “banned from the Super Bowl” ad that skirted the rules and got conservative media attention. He cut off the logo of the t-shirt company at the endhttps://t.co/gjWNfKYcvF
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) September 11, 2019
Response to the disturbing clip was astonishment, confusion, anger, and outrage – and with many decrying it as clear fascism.
Take a look:
This video from Rudy honors the Republican tradition of using the memory of 9/11 to attack people who had absolutely nothing to do with it, and it’s incredibly fascist to boot. https://t.co/mgTxpLPgLT
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) September 11, 2019
Rudy Giuliani was always a fascist. Now he’s just more comfortable being open about it. https://t.co/NdfJGLqTOv
— דער ייִדישר אַרבּעטער (@JewishWorker) September 11, 2019
Rudy Giuliani was never more popular than the 3 months after 9/11/01. It was because he displayed empathy, compassion, and stoicism — not this deranged police state fever dream. https://t.co/zvY5EK1FAd
— Anthony L. Fisher (@anthonyLfisher) September 11, 2019
Wtf, Giuliani? On 9/11.
The theme moving forward — we’ll defend our minority rule, via all means necessary.
— Michelangelo Signorile (@MSignorile) September 11, 2019
Rudy’s been an out-fascist for a long, long time https://t.co/ZEg4AzL4OE
— Jason (@longwall26) September 11, 2019
Once upon a time, Rudy Giuliani was an attorney who understood the First Amendment. https://t.co/mgnjSbuwVo
— Bad Fox Graphics (@BadFoxGraphics) September 11, 2019
Well… Rudy is certainly on brand
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) September 11, 2019
welp it’s just Mayor 9/11 celebrating fascism on 9/11 day https://t.co/hkxrqSM7io
— Tom Tomorrow (@tomtomorrow) September 11, 2019
nothing says “i remember 9/11 and respect the freedoms that were attacked” more than a video comparing social justice protesters to terrorists https://t.co/VFcyxhlzZu
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) September 11, 2019
not sure what’s more risible here: Giuliani’s slobbering fascism, or the fact that he has to use an unattributed commercial for a shitty clothing brand to do it https://t.co/qL4s76t63T
— Patrick Blanchfield (@PatBlanchfield) September 11, 2019
This is an ad for fascism, holy shit. I think Giuliani sucks, I’ve been worried about the right’s nationalism, etc, but I’m still floored at how explicitly pro-fascist this is. These protesters are protesting fascism, it’s on their sign, & this cop is gonna maul them for it. Wtf! https://t.co/wmi7ig5B8x
— Regular UltraDavid (@ultradavid) September 11, 2019
I’m sorry but this is deranged https://t.co/hgz4SjU4QS
— Jesse Singal (@jessesingal) September 11, 2019
Gaslighting America on 9/11? Now this is DEPLORABLE https://t.co/y9OlhEZRpS
— Cass OMalley 🏳️🌈 (@CassOMalley1) September 11, 2019
9-11 First Responders died so police could quash protest and deport immigrant families?
Rudy was a terrible mayor but he will be remembered mostly for being a pathetic Trump flack https://t.co/A0fqk5G9We
— Nathan Newman 🧭 (@nathansnewman) September 11, 2019
Holy fuck Rudy.
1. You just reminded everyone how you used the police against the Black community while you were NYC mayor…
2. …how you had to be hauled into court 20+ times over free speech violations.
3. If this is what’s on your “mind” on 9/11, you’re the problem. https://t.co/VHMPFNsJut
— Daryle Lamont Jenkins (@DLamontJenkins) September 11, 2019
Because the true message of 9/11 is that we need riot police to beat up some protestors https://t.co/GJdQepBNxt
— 🕷Dante Atkins🕷 (@DanteAtkins) September 11, 2019
Conservative Operatives Allied With the Trump White House Are Acquiring ‘Dirt’ on Journalists and Their Families
President Donald Trump’s war against the media has taken a next step. According to The New York Times, Trump’s allies have been compiling information on reporters at CNN, The Washington Post and The New York Times to strike back because the president believes they “aggressively investigated” him.
The information was revealed Sunday using information disclosed by associates of conservative Arthur Schwartz, who is spearheading the project. Schwartz is an adviser to Donald Trump Jr. and previously worked with Steve Bannon.
“If the @nytimes thinks this settles the matter we can expose a few of their other bigots,” Schwartz tweeted, responding to an apology from a Times reporter who tweeted something anti-Semitic long ago. “Lots more where this came from.”
Those familiar with the operation explained that there are decades worth of public posts these conservative operatives have gathered to go on the attack as the 2020 election goes into full force.
“It is not possible to independently assess the claims about the quantity or potential significance of the material the pro-Trump network has assembled. Some involved in the operation have histories of bluster and exaggeration. And those willing to describe its techniques and goals may be trying to intimidate journalists or their employers,” The Times explained.
This isn’t the first time the public is hearing about a war between conservatives and specific journalists. CNN reported in 2016 that Fox News had built a dossier on a reporter who was writing a book at Roger Ailes.
In leaked documents acquired by NBC 7 San Diego, a secret database was revealed showing Trump’s government is watching at least ten journalists and immigration advocates. The advocates had ties to groups like Border Angels and Pueblo Sin Fronteras, neither of which are extremist groups.
According to The Times, the information published so far has removed all of the contexts and presenting the comments in a misleading way. The goal is to harm the targets professionally.
Trump Chillingly Tells Students’ Group the Constitution Gives Him ‘The Right to Do Whatever I Want as President’
Maybe the students attending Turning Point USA’s Teen Action Summit weren’t paying attention in whatever civics or history classes they recently took, but President Donald Trump on Tuesday went unchallenged when he told attendees the U.S. Constitution gives him unlimited power.
“Then I have an Article Two, where I have the right to do whatever I want as president,” Trump said.
Article Two, which defines the executive branch, including outlining impeachment, does not in any manner suggest the President has unlimited powers or the right to do whatever he wants.
Here’s President Trump making this chilling and fascistic claim in Washington, D.C. earlier today:
TRUMP: “Then I have an Article 2, where I have the right to do whatever I want as president.”
(Article 2 does not in fact empower the president to do whatever they want.) pic.twitter.com/qIFP1AbHw6
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 23, 2019
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