Deviating from his written remarks, the President, flanked by the Attorney General, the Secretary of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Patrol agents, and "angel moms," told reporters, "people hate the word invasion, but that’s what it is."
TRUMP echoes white supremacist rhetoric: "Congress' vote to deny the crisis on the southern border is a vote against reality...People hate the word 'invasion,' but that's what it is. It's an invasion of drugs, criminals, & people...in some cases, they are killers." pic.twitter.com/nupFMpmHQZ
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 15, 2019
As some, including Vox's Aaron Rupar noted, one of the terror suspects who wrote a lengthy "manifesto" before massacring 49 Muslims in New Zealand less than 24 hours ago, described Muslims the same way.
"For many years I had been hearing and reading of the invasion of France by nonwhites," the terror suspect wrote, according to Rupar, adding, "once I arrived in France, I found the stories not only to be true, but profoundly understated."
Journalist and executive Soledad O'Brien made clear what's happening here:
Can we remind everybody that ‘invasion’ is the language of white nationalists. https://t.co/UCY4OEjrSV
— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) March 15, 2019
The president is talking about an "invasion" of the United States shortly after an attack in New Zealand by someone who felt the country was being invaded by Muslims. https://t.co/aGJ205qJzh
— Chris Megerian (@ChrisMegerian) March 15, 2019
"We are experiencing an invasion on a level never seen before in history."
“People hate the word invasion, but that’s what it is.”
Two quotes about immigrants in the past 24 hours. One from the US president, one from a document justifying a white supremacist terror attack.
— Lois Beckett (@loisbeckett) March 15, 2019
The NZ manifesto used the word "invasion" to describe non-white people.
If you think he's just rambling, with no connection between talking about the attack and talking about an "invasion" of the U.S. by brown Central Americans, you're not giving him enough credit. https://t.co/JDpCuTj7qY
— Jessica Shortall (@jessicashortall) March 15, 2019
Trump calls what happened in NZ "a horrible, horrible thing." Then, moments later, talks about an "invasion" on the southern border.
The central thread of the apparent NZ shooter's manifesto was the idea of an "invasion" of white nations by people of non-European ancestry. pic.twitter.com/cbvySMWvwL
— Niall Stanage (@NiallStanage) March 15, 2019
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