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Donald Trump laughs at audience member suggesting shooting migrants at border

May 9, 2019

President Trump laughed in response to an audience member saying migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border should be shot during a campaign rally Wednesday in Panama City Beach, Florida.

While discussing the prevention of illegal immigration, the president said: “When you have 15,000 people marching up, and you have hundreds and hundreds of people, and you have two or three border security people that are brave and great. And don’t forget, we don’t let them and we can’t let them use weapons. We can’t. Other countries do. We can’t. I would never do that. But how do you stop these people?”

“Shoot them,” someone in the crowd yelled, causing the president and the audience to laugh.

“That’s only in the Panhandle you can get away with that statement,” Mr. Trump said, leading to laughter and cheers.

Mr. Trump also cast Democrats as supporting open borders, adding, “no one should run for office without an iron-clad pledge to protect and defend America’s borders.”

Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell on Thursday called the president’s comments “dangerous.”

“I am an immigrant, I came here from Ecuador,” the Florida Democrat said. “The rhetoric of attacking immigrants, criminalizing them, saying that we are criminals is just completely wrong.”