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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