President Trump gave an impassioned speech on Friday, vowing to “destroy the vile criminal cartel” MS-13 — but some in the media lambasted him for talking tough about the brutal gang, and instead presented sympathetic coverage of the group known for carrying out gruesome murders.
Trump’s Friday speech on Long Island, where MS-13 gang members have wreaked havoc, highlighted his plan to crack down on gang violence and enforce immigration policies to prevent criminals from illegally entering the United States.
“[MS-13 has] transformed peaceful parks and beautiful quiet neighborhoods into blood-stained killing fields. They’re animals. We cannot tolerate as a society the spilling of innocent, young, wonderful vibrant people,” Trump said to an audience of law enforcement officials, who mostly cheered in approval.
But despite the president’s pledge to stop the killings and keep Americans safe from gang members, several left-leaning outlets asserted Trump was making the gang “stronger” with his rhetoric.