For Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, Donald Trump gave a speech today addressing a crowd of police officers — where he invited the family of Ronil Singh, a California police officer that was killed December 26th by an undocumented migrant during a suspected drunk driving traffic stop, to say a few words.
But of course, it didn’t take long at all for Donald to go off script and turn a tragedy into a promotion for his cruel immigration policies.
“So was he as great as they say?” Trump asked Singh’s family as the audience lightly applauded. “He was, he was. I had a feeling you might say that. He was, that’s what I hear from everybody.”
And that’s all he had to say to the fallen officers grieving family before he veered into his own self-promoting nonsense.
“Tremendous problems occur at the southern border,” Trump began to ramble. “from drugs to the wrong people to being allowed to come in because of a corrupt and broken system that can be changed in 20 minutes — 20 minutes, if they want to change it. In the meantime we have to do it the tough way, there is no reason for that. That is why we are calling on Congress to fix our terrible immigration laws.”
“Stop catch-and-release,” he continued. “You catch them and you release them. That doesn’t work too well with all these great officers I’m looking at. They never heard of a thing like that. To end deadly sanctuary cities. To stop the visa lottery program where they take lottery systems and a country will put you into a lottery and then deposit you into the United States. I don’t think most countries are sending us their finest, do you agree? And that is what’s happening. That is causing tremendous problems with crime and other things.”
He then went on to commend Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Border Patrol and offer a cynical description of their job.
“Each time they went on a shift, they knew it could be their very last,” he stated. “When that time came where they knew there was danger, when evil lurked, they did not run, they did not hide. They always ran forward, they answered the call. They gave their lives for all of us.”
“The men and women of law enforcement devote their lives to protecting our children, securing our streets and keeping our communities safe,” he shamelessly proceeded. “Moms and dads can sleep soundly at night, kids can play with neighbors outside and grandparents can feel at peace in their homes because they know America’s officers are the absolute best and they are always on the beat. The courage and sacrifice of our heroes is the reason our flag stands tall and bravely. Our hearts beat with pride and our country remains one people, one family and one nation under God.”
In the end, it sounded much more like a MAGA speech than the kind of eulogizing one might expect from a president.
It’s unsurprising that Donald capitalized on the death of a police officer, but it doesn’t make it any less sickening.
You can watch the video here:
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