President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech caused Google searches for the violent gang MS-13 to skyrocket Tuesday night.
The search query for the El Salvadorian-grown organized group of criminals spiked at 4,650 percent at one point, the top proportional upsurge in searches during the address, according to data provided by Google.
The Google Trends information seems to show that Trump is bringing attention to a somewhat nascent, but highly pernicious problem, as violent illegal immigrants from the MS-13 gang are pervading parts of the country, like Long Island, N.Y. Trump chose to pay tribute to two teenagers, Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens, who were slain by MS-13 gang members in that exact place by inviting family to sit along other honorees.
“Six members of the savage MS-13 gang have been charged with Kayla and Nisa’s murders,” Trump said, as the girls’ parents wept. “Many of these gang members took advantage of glaring loopholes in our country’s laws to enter the country as illegal unaccompanied minors and wound up in Kayla and Nisa’s high school. Evelyn, Elizabeth, Freddy and Robert, tonight, everyone in this chamber is praying for you. Everyone in America is grieving for you. Please stand. Thank you very much.”
Other spikes in Google searches include Guantanamo Bay at 4,550 percent and Republican Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana with a peak uptick of 1,900 percent. It was the most searched State of the Union address in the U.S. since Google started tracking such patterns in 2004.
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