Trump Not Sure If Military Will Shoot Migrants Crossing Border, Warns Them Not To Throw Rocks
President Donald Trump just gave a press conference to America regarding his recent order that U.S. military troops go to the border, anticipating a caravan of migrants crossing their way through Mexico with their hopes set on greener pastures in the United States.
When Trump was asked if members of the military would shoot at migrants should they cross, he simply said: "I hope not."
That answer by itself wasn't that alarming but what he said next is particularly noteworthy. Trump said that if rocks are thrown, the military would consider that a firearm, which if taken in context, means that technically troops could fire back in that case.
On whether the military at southern border might fire on migrants, Pres Trump says "I hope not.""I hope there won't be that, but I will tell you this – anybody throwing rocks... we will consider that a firearm, because there's not much difference." https://t.co/fyk1ncmiwj pic.twitter.com/OGbFHFhB3A
— ABC News (@ABC) November 1, 2018
THIS IS NOT THE TYPE OF RHETORIC AND UNCERTAINTY WE NEED RIGHT NOW.
When Trump says there's "not much difference" between a rock and a gun, he's wrong. There's a big difference. Both are physical weapons, but the military should be prepared for situations like this. What Trump wants to do is appeal to his supporters by stoking more fear and resentment just before the midterm elections.
You can watch Trump's entire press conference on immigration below: