President Donald Trump attacked Democrats on Tuesday while speaking at a rally in Nashville, Tennessee, linking them to the MS-13 gang, whose members he called “animals” who are being deported “by the thousands.”
He particularly directed his attacks toward the Senate and House Minority Leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, as well as former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen, of whom he claimed to never have heard. Trump then continued by calling Bredesen a “tool of Chuck Schumer…and of course the MS-13 lover Nancy Pelosi.”
Both Schumer and Pelosi condemned the President’s use of the term “animals” to describe these people. However, he defended his characterization of MS-13 gang members, saying “they’re not human beings.” Trump argued Tuesday that if Bredesen wins the Tennessee Senate race, the Democrat would “do whatever Chuck and Nancy [want].”
The President also called on American citizens, Republican voters especially, to turn out in November’s midterm elections or risk the safety of their country. He invoked fears of crimes which the transnational MS-13 and other gangs commit, using it to demand stricter border policies and his long-promised wall.
Trump also accused Democrats of standing in the way of the wall, saying they want open borders instead. “They’re more interested in taking care of criminals than they are in taking care of you.”
President Trump, who was in Nashville to boost GOP Representative Marsha Blackburn, also said Mexico will pay for the wall, a claim that was refuted only hours later by the Mexican president who tweeted, “President @ realDonaldTrump: NO. Mexico will NEVER pay for a wall. Not now, not never. Sincerely, Mexico (all of us).”
During the rally, Trump only briefly mentioned the special counsel’s Russia investigation, which he claimed is interfering with the upcoming election. President Trump further boasted of the booming economy and the large tax cuts he signed into law and attacked Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, for voting against a Republican proposal last year to repeal the Affordable Care Act.