There’s nothing worse in life than a person’s words being misquoted to make it sound like he or she said something that really was not. We the People are seeing that phenomenon play out in real time, as President Donald Trump’s exact quote on the criminal elements among migrants forcing their way into the country at the southern border has been twisted into a pretzel by the mainstream media and Democratic opponents for political purposes.
Almost a year after the original quote was made – and misconstrued then before corrections were made – it has surfaced again, this time it is not just the mainstream media that is taking the quote out of context. It is any number of 2020 Democratic candidates for president.
The resurgence of this quote fest debacle actually started with a tweet from Mark Elliott who appears to be a Twitter user at large and quickly went viral. He has since taken down the offending post and has issued an apology.
I have learned that Trump's comments were in response to a specific question about MS-13 members and not about asylum seekers more broadly. I have chosen to delete the tweet, but am copying it here. My apologies for not being more accurate. pic.twitter.com/oDTdNvzSdq
— Mark Elliott (@markmobility) April 8, 2019
But that did not stop a litany of Trump opponents from piling on when the tweet originally appeared.
…list them out in a run-on sentence: Presidential candidates Kirsten Gillibrand, Beto O’Rourke, and Pete Buttigieg, Representatives Ilhan Omar, TJ Cox, Crissy Houlahan, Jimmy Gomez, Frank Pallone, and Yvette Clark, DNC chairman Tom Perez, Pennsylvania AG Josh Shapiro, the Delaware Democratic Party, The New York Times‘ Jamelle Bouie and Glenn Thrush, former Obama staffers Ben Rhodes and Jake Maccoby, CNN’s Christopher Cuomo and Ana Navarro, ThinkProgress’ Josh Marshall, gun control activist David Hogg, disgraced journalist Dan Rather, MSNBC’s Joy Reid or maybe her hacker, and the NAACP’s Sherrilyn Ifill.
The reality is that when the quote was made in May of 2018 across the board almost everyone agreed with the president once his actual words were understood: members of MS-13 are essentially uncivilized and therefore animals in American parlance. There should be nothing controversial in that.