Courtesy of The Daily Beast:
Ranting about the recent influx of asylum-seeking migrants before a crowd in Panama City, the president complained about how “crazy” it is that those seeking asylum in the U.S. get to see judges before claiming there are only “two or three border security people who are brave” that are forced to deal with “15,000 people marching up.”
“Don’t forget, we don’t let them and we can’t let them use weapons,” Trump continued. “We can’t. Other countries do. We can’t. I would never do that.”
Asking how to “stop these people,” a rallygoer close to the stage shouted: “Shoot ‘em!”
The crowd erupted in laughter as the president grinned and shook his head. Without condemning or condoning the suggestion, Trump attempted to brush it off with a joke.
“That’s only in the panhandle you can get away with that, folks,” he exclaimed. “Only in the panhandle!”
Trump supporters will defend this by suggesting that Trump was clearly joking, but it is jokes like this that get people killed.
Keep in mind that Trump made this joke in Florida, which is already the “Shoot’em first and ask questions later” state.
We have seen multiple incidents of violence perpetrated by Trump supporters including a few mass shootings.
This is NOT a joke.