On Friday, reporters were keen to know whether Donald Trump intends to order the U.S. military to shoot unarmed Central American migrants.
Before I get to the video clips (which is why you’re here), do me a favor. Imagine you’ve been in cryosleep for the past five years and when you wake up, you read the following headline:
‘Consider It A Rifle’: President Trump Says He Told Military To Shoot Rock-Throwing Migrants
That’s the world we now live in. A world where that headline is real. Donald Trump is the President of the United States and he is all set to deploy more troops than the U.S. currently has fighting in Afghanistan to battle a caravan of Central American migrants, who he (Trump) suggested on Thursday would be shot for throwing rocks.
For those who missed it, this is what Trump said yesterday at the White House:
It’s like that old nursery rhyme: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but I’ll consider that stone a rifle and shoot you in the chest.”
Clearly, it is all kinds of dangerous (not to mention all kinds of absurd) to send soldiers who are trained for actual war, to deal with border patrol issues and instruct them to think of rocks as rifles. Somebody will end up getting shot in that scenario.
Fast forward to Friday and Trump attempted to explain those comments. When asked by reporters whether he is seriously going to shoot unarmed migrants who throw rocks, here’s what he came up with:
He’s right. He “didn’t say shoot.” Here, again, is what he said:
They wanna throw rocks at our military, our military fights back. We’re gonna consider it … I told ’em consider it a rifle. When they throw rocks like they did at the Mexico-er-an military police, I told them: Consider it a rifle.
“Consider” that murder.