White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders doubled down on President Donald Trump’s remarks calling some deported immigrants “animals” during a roundtable discussion about immigration policy on Wednesday. “This is one of the most vicious and deadly gangs that operates by the motto of rape, control, and kill. If the media and liberals want to defend MS-13, they’re more than welcome to. Frankly, I don’t think the term that the president used was strong enough,” she said Thursday, then listing various “heinous” acts that MS-13 gang members have committed, like rape and murder. “Frankly I don’t think the term ‘animal’ goes far enough, and I think the president should use his platform and everything he can do to stop these types of horrible, horrible, disgusting people,” Sanders continued. This comes after Trump said that some deported immigrants aren’t “people” but “animals” when a California official mentioned the existence of immigrants among MS-13 gang members.
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