Donald Trump at Ohio rally: Immigrant gang members will torture and kill teenage girls

Trump's recent speech on immigration policy included a sadistically graphic description of a made-up crime

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published July 26, 2017 11:53AM (EDT)

 (AP/Evan Vucci)
(AP/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump's political rally in Ohio Tuesday contained some downright disturbing and graphic descriptions of what he imagines the problem of undocumented immigration looks like in modern America.

In a speech that began with him discussing job offshoring, gun control and Obamacare, Trump eventually pivoted to immigration after the audience broke into several chants of "Build that wall!"

After praising how Immigration and Customs Enforcement "conducted the largest single raid of transnational gangs in the history of our country" and bragged that "one by one we are finding the illegal gang members, drug dealers, thieves, robbers, criminals and killers, and we are sending them the hell back home where they came from," Trump went on to tell a graphic story about his impression of criminal undocumented immigrants:

The predators and criminal aliens who poison our communities with drugs and prey on innocent young people, these beautiful, beautiful, innocent young people will, will find no safe haven anywhere in our country. And you've seen the stories about some of these animals. They don't want to use guns, because it's too fast and it's not painful enough. So they'll take a young, beautiful girl, 16, 15, and others and they slice them and dice them with a knife because they want them to go through excruciating pain before they die. And these are the animals that we've been protecting for so long.

From there, Trump went on to denounce sanctuary cities and promoted Kate's Law, which is named for Kate Steinle, a San Francisco woman who is believed to have been gunned down by an undocumented immigrant.

Trump's morbid description of how he envisions undocumented immigrants was the standout passage of his speech. It managed to evoke an infamous passage from Trump's first campaign speech in 2015:

When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're not sending you. They're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.

Lest you think that Trump's rhetoric is unpresidential, however, he reassured the audience in Ohio that it couldn't be more presidential.

With the exception of the late great Abraham Lincoln, I can be more presidential than any President that's ever held this office.

Glad he cleared that up.

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer at Salon. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012 and was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022.

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