During a speech to a crowd of police officers held Friday in Long Island, President Donald Trump endorsed police brutality.
That’s what much of the media has claimed and wants you to think he did.
But did he?
If you’ve watched an edit-free video of the speech, you’ll probably notice how a lot of the reports are either blatantly misquoting the President’s words or they’re omitting the surrounding context of the quote. #shocker
Here’s what the President actually said (beginning around 23 minutes into his speech):
Right now, we have less than 6,000 enforcement-and-removal offers in ICE. This is not enough to protect a nation of more than 320,000,000 people.
It’s essential that Congress fund another 10,000 ICE officers — and we’re asking for that — so that we can eliminate MS-13 and root out the criminal cartels from our country. (Now, we’re getting them out anyway. But we’d like to get them out a lot faster.)
And when you see these towns, and when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon — you just see ’em thrown in, rough — I said please don’t be too nice. Like, when you guys put somebody in the car, and you’re protecting their head — you know? the way you put their hand over their — over their head — like, [you] don’t [want to] hit their head, and they’ve just killed somebody, [you] don’t [want to] hit their head?– I said you can take the hand away. OK?
It’s essential that Congress fund hundreds more federal immigration judges and prosecutors — and we need them quickly — quickly — if we’re going to dismantle these deadly networks.
And I have to tell you, you know, the laws are so horrendously stacked against us. Because for years and years they’ve been made to protect the criminals — totally made to protect the criminal, not the officers — you do something wrong, you’re in more jeopardy than they are.
These laws are stacked against you. We’re changing those laws.
But in the meantime, we need judges for the simplest thing — things you should be able to do without a judge. But we have to have those judges quickly. In the meantime, we’re trying to change the laws.
No, he didn’t.
Now, after watching that, do you see what’s he’s really saying? Does that sound like an endorsement of police brutality? At worst, it’s an endorsement of police allowing murderers to injure themselves while they’re in custody. It’s more a preemptive refusal of attempts to press the President and the executive branch into going easy on murderers.
His speech makes a clear distinction between murderers and innocent people. He isn’t endorsing violence against innocence. In fact, he’s unmistakably condemning (to the extent he can) anyone who violates innocent people.
Just another example of why the media should be second-guessed, always. Especially easy to do when you can see the evidence by yourself.