Trump: Immigrant Gang Members are Animals, Not People.

Trump was joined at the White House meeting by mayors, sheriffs and other local leaders from Republican California who oppose the state’s immigration policies and who applauded his administration’s hard-line efforts.  While engaged in his usual ugly rant against California for its immigration policies, Trump referred to some people who cross the border illegally as “animals”  because he’s Trump and that’s what he does though technically he was talking about deported gang members.

During the session, Trump thanked the officials, saying they had “bravely resisted California’s deadly and unconstitutional sanctuary state laws,” and a bunch more lies and truth-twisting.  Gov Jerry Brown responded on Twitter, writing that Trump “is lying on immigration, lying about crime and lying about the laws of CA.” Gov Brown then took a shot at Trump, “Flying in a dozen Republican politicians to flatter him and praise his reckless policies changes nothing. We, the citizens of the fifth largest economy in the world, are not impressed.”  Trump, speaking to the separation of children from undocumented families and relatives, blamed Democrats, sympathizing with his Homeland Security Secretary about how hard it is to do this terrible work. “I know what you’re going through right now with families is very tough,” he told Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, “but those are the bad laws that the Democrats gave us. We have to break up families … because of the Democrats. It’s terrible.”  So, Trump can feel bad for Secty. Nielsen but not much about the families he’s actually breaking up cuz FULL SPEED AHEAD on breaking up families.

But, actually, there is no law “the Democrats gave us” that mandates the separation of children from their parents at the border. Nielsen apparently doesn’t feel bad at all, and on Tuesday defended the practice, telling a Senate committee that removing children from parents facing criminal charges happens “in the United States every day.”  As usual, all the House Republicans only worried about the optics of the situation and warned GOP lawmakers Wednesday that such a drive could damage the party’s prospects in the fall’s congressional elections by dispiriting conservative voters.

The House leaders do not want an immigration bill to come to the floor, fearing that winning legislation would be a compromise bill backed solidly by Democrats but opposed by most Republicans, an outcome that could anger conservatives, according to Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., a leader of the effort to force the immigration votes.

For more: NBC News