President Trump used the opportunity of two public speeches last week to highlight the brutality of the MS-13 gang.
What the president described was barbaric — but, according to many liberal pundits and activists, what was more barbaric was Trump mentioning the crimes themselves.
“Ppl talk about the ‘southern strategy’ but it’s Trump’s channeling of the racial politics of the post-Jim Crow *north* that makes him potent,” MSNBC host Chris Hayes tweeted in response to Trump’s speech before police officers in New York.
Slate’s Jamelle Bouie wrote a whole column arguing Trump’s rhetoric about MS-13 and their crimes is done just to make white people afraid.
“Trump wasn’t just connecting immigrants with violent crime. He was using an outright racist trope: that of the violent, sadistic black or brown criminal, preying on innocent (usually white) women,” Bouie wrote, before comparing it to the words of 20th century segregationists.
CNN’s Margaret Hoover, ostensibly a conservative, said that Trump’s tough rhetoric about a violent gang was an insidious appeal to “white nationalists.”
Some activists on Twitter were a little more direct in criticizing Trump’s anti-gang attitude. Apparently, the real criminals are white supremacists.
“Me: White supremacy has killed more ppl than all street gangs combined,” Bree Newsome, a race activist, tweeted out. “Racists: PROVE IT! Me: *opens history book* Let’s start in 1519…”
That tweet earned 4000 retweets and 9000 likes.
With all the pushback against Trump for focusing on what should be a bipartisan concern, it was bound one major outlet would give a sympathetic portrayal of MS-13 gang members. CNN did not disappoint in fulfilling this expectation.
On Friday, CNN interviewed MS-13 gangsters to get their take on Trump’s immigration policies. Shockingly, they were not fans, but the gang members claimed the immigration crackdown was somehow helping their criminal activities. Apparently, CNN thinks there’s no more reliable source to speak against a crime policy than criminals themselves. (RELATED: CNN Gives Sympathetic Interview To MS-13 Gang Members)
It stands to reason that if a Democrat, particularly one from the Hispanic communities on which MS-13 preys, had said what Trump told about the gang, no one would have had a problem with it. But since it was Trump and it was connected with his immigration policies, it was considered a racist dogwhistle to recall the grisly crimes of murderous thugs.
The primary reason for this sentiment is because Trump ties MS-13 with the problem of illegal immigration. To liberals, illegal immigrants are good people just coming here to do jobs Americans won’t do and make our country a better place. In their telling, they commit far less crime than our lazy citizens and are an absolute positive for the nation.
The large number of illegal immigrants who compose MS-13 undermines that vision. Thus, liberals get upset and shriek racism when Trump or other Republicans talk about the gang. The implication in the pushback is that this violent gang is something we need to accept and not worry about in our multiculutral society.
This is a similar situation to what occurs when Islamic terrorism strikes Europe. Anyone who worries too much about growing radicalism in the Muslim community is called an Islamophobe. Journalists rush to offer portrayals of Muslim residents as patriotic and moderate folk. Politicians claim that terror attacks are just a part of living in a big city.
Just like a street gang that fancies torture and mutilation.
Additionally, leftists enthusiastically point to white people as the real menace after a terror attack is committed by Muslims.
The narratives in both cases are driven by liberal faith in mass immigration and multiculturalism. When events occur that make those two ideas look unappealing to law-abiding citizens, pundits get to work to obfuscate the crimes and belittle those who worry too much about them.
With all the many accusations that Trump receives for lying, the same certainly cannot be said of what he detailed about MS-13. He recalled their gruesome tortures of using knives to carve up their victims, many of whom are female.
That actually occurs with MS-13 — Trump just left out the Satanic aspect. In Houston, for instance, there are multiple examples of the gang committing horrifying ritual murders against young women, as the Houston Chronicle reported.
Isn’t that a more pressing issue than the terror of mentioning these awful crimes during a speech? Is it better if we just ignore illegal immigrants butchering Hispanic girls on the behalf of dark deities?
Nearly all Americans, regardless of skin color, don’t like gang violence. Trump cracking down on MS-13 ensures that millions of law-abiding residents in minority communities can live in peace. The president highlighting the gang’s worst atrocities is a rhetorical tool to alert Americans to the danger of these criminals
Nonetheless, it’s pretty bizarre for the media to take the side of Satan-worshipping, torture-loving gangbangers. Do journalists really want to make these guys out to be wrongly-maligned undocumented entrepreneurs?