On this side: President Trump, who referred to the members of the ultra-violent gang MS-13 as “animals,” then doubled down on Wednesday, asserting, “I called them ‘animals’ the other day and I was met with rebuke. They said, ‘They’re people.’ They’re not people. They’re animals. We have to be very, very tough.”
On the other side: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who ripped Trump for his initial comments, asserting of illegal immigrants (and presumably, MS-13 members): “We believe — some of us who are attracted to the political arena, to government and public service — that we are all God’s children, there is a spark of divinity among every person on earth, and that we all have to recognize that as we respect the dignity and worth of every person and as we recognize our responsibilities with that spark of divinity within us.”
So which side of the argument does the majority of the American pubic support, according to a new Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll?
The winner is — President Trump.
As The Hill reports, “Fifty-six percent of American adults in the Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll said referring to members of the gang as ‘animals’ is fair, compared to 44 percent who said the characterization was unfair. A slimmer majority, 52 percent, added that comments that ‘dehumanize’ members of MS-13 are acceptable.”
Trump’s initial comments followed a query from a California sheriff who said there could be an “MS-13 member I know about” that she couldn't pursue because state officials are ordered to ignore federal immigration laws.
Trump replied, “We are taking people out of the country, you wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals, and we’re taking them out of the country at a rate that’s never happened before.”