When Trump joked that the police did not have to be “too nice” to gang members, leftists took this as a call for police brutality.
President Donald Trump gave a speech to federal, state, and local law enforcement on Friday, addressing the issue of the MS-13 gangs. When he told the police they did not have to be “too nice” to gang members, referring to protecting people’s heads when put into patrol cars, leftists took this as a call for police brutality.
While addressing the gathered law enforcement, ICE officials and officers in Brentwood, New York, President Trump discussed the nationwide concern of the MS-13 gangs and how his administration planned to fight the growing threat of gang violence.
During the speech, he discussed the arrest of these gang members, jokingly telling law enforcement, “Don’t be too nice” to “thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon.” In response, leftists on Twitter attacked Trump claiming that he was encouraging police brutality.
Breitbart reported that GQ’s Keith Olbermann, a vocal opponent of President Trump, was one of the first to attack him, implying that his comments about the deportation of gang members signaled the building of “mass detention camps” in the future:
A reminder that Trump's call today for Police Brutality and more ICE troops will later require mass detention camps pic.twitter.com/kpqsPwzUfN
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) July 28, 2017
Dave Zirin, a sports editor at The Nation, tweeted, “This is not the first time Trump has endorsed police brutality”:
This is not the first time Trump has endorsed police brutality. Along with his seething contempt for women, it's his life's one consistency.
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) July 28, 2017
Matthew Miller, an MSNBC justice and security analyst, claimed that Trump’s quote would be used in future police brutality trials:
In the unlikely event the Trump DOJ ever tries to prosecute a police officer for excessive force, you will see this quote at trial. https://t.co/PHKefIZhHM
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) July 28, 2017
Scott Dworking, the co-founder of The Democratic Coalition, stated that President Trump literally “told cops to assault people”:
Trump just told NYPD police officers to not be too nice during arrests. Literally said he's told cops to assault people. No class, no sense.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) July 28, 2017
Asawin Suebsaeng, a politics reporter at The Daily Beast, claimed that Trump called for police to commit more brutality to cheers and applause:
President Trump is openly and explicitly calling for, to wild applause just moments ago, cops to commit more police brutality.
— Asawin Suebsaeng (@swin24) July 28, 2017
And political activist Shaun King tweeted that Trump had, “openly, blatantly endorsed police brutality”:
The gross moment where Trump encourages police to be brutal for no reason whatsoever.
The officers, of course, roared with approval. pic.twitter.com/XuzhWsrTkK
— Shaun King (@shaunking) July 28, 2017
Liberals freak out over this but find it perfectly acceptable for Hollywood celebrities to show President Trump decapitated and to tell Americans to ‘burn down the White House.’ A joke’s a joke right, typical double standards.