During a rally on Wednesday, President Trump, as he’s consistently done since announcing his candidacy for the office nearly four years ago, looked to drum up support for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The President spoke at a rally in Panama City, Florida, the county seat of Bay County, and a deeply conservative county in the state’s panhandle.
At the event, Trump blamed the migrant crisis on Democratic policies which he claimed didn’t do enough to immediately send illegal immigrants back to their home country.
The Commander-in-Chief then briefly talked about how building a wall along the southern border would “stop” would-be migrants from finding their way into the country.
“You have hundreds and hundreds of people and you have two or three border security people that are brave and great — And don’t forget, we don’t let them and we can’t let them use weapons. We can’t. Other countries do. We can’t. I would never do that,” Trump said.
The POTUS then asked, “But how do you stop these people?”
It was then that a lady in the crowd shouted: “Shoot them.”
Trump then chuckled and responded, “Only in the Panhandle you can get away with that statement — only in the Panhandle.”
His campaign team worked to make sure the public’s response to the event on Twitter would center around the president’s comments, and not the attendee’s response or Trump’s reaction to it.
At the same event, Trump announced that $448 million would be sent to the Florida Panhandle to help them recover from Hurricane Michael, which struck the area last year. He also told the crowd that Puerto Rico has received $91 billion in hurricane relief, which is incorrect. The Associated Press noted that Congress has only paid $11 billion to the island in an effort to help them recover from the effects of Hurricane Maria in 2017.
The president also used the rally to criticize several prominent Democrats who are vying for the opportunity to run against him in the 2020 presidential election, including Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, and Beto O’Rourke.
Robert is a native of Santa Monica, CA and graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. He always keeps his fingers on the pulse of America and is deeply committed to the ideal that every American deserves access to liberty, equality, justice, and opportunity.