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Trump Drops The Hammer On Kate Steinle’s Killer

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Benny Johnson Columnist, Viral Politics
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There was lots of outrage when the killer of Kate Steinle was found not guilty last week.

Steinle was killed by an illegal immigrant with a stolen gun in 2015. The jury acquitted Jose Ines Garcia Zarate for the murder on the grounds that the gun misfired.

Zarate had been deported 5 times and was already a convicted felon prior to the murder trial.

In a speech in Florida Friday, President Donald Trump weighed in on the issue, savaging Zarate and promising that the Justice Department would bring swift action against him.

Trump called the ruling a “miscarriage of justice” before touting how the DOJ would go after Zarate. Trump said:

You saw what happened with beautiful Kate Steinle. This guy he said he didn’t know it was a gun. Oh, he didn’t know. He didn’t know it was a gun. That’s his new line. Do you notice the federal government came in and brought another suit against him, right?

[Cheers and applause]

That was a total miscarriage of justice he didn’t know it was a gun. The real changes we are facing are the drugs and gangs pouring into our country.

Trump mentioned the case again later in the speech, attacking Zarate’s criminal record and sanctuary cities:

You go to Kate who was such a young beautiful American woman killed on a pier in San Francisco in the prime of her life. She was killed by this guy, an illegal alien who had been deported five times and convicted seven times of felonies. I guess they weren’t allow you had to mention this in court. They weren’t allowed to mention. Don’t worry, we’re right in there.

But he was roaming free to threaten innocent Americans like Kate because of our porous borders and because San Francisco is a sanctuary city. In other words, a city run by politicians who would rather protect criminal aliens than American citizens. I mean, let me give you another example. The city of Chicago, what the hell is going on in Chicago? There are those that say that Afghanistan is safer than Chicago.