White House Press Release Uses 'Animals' 10 Times

Administration makes a point about MS-13 gang members
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2018 1:32 PM CDT
White House Press Release Uses 'Animals' 10 Times
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

To say the White House is doubling down on use of the word "animals" to describe MS-13 gang members is a mathematical understatement. In an official press release Monday, the White House uses the word 10 times, counting the headlines. "What You Need To Know About The Violent Animals Of MS-13" is the main headline of the release. The Daily Caller suggests the White House is trolling the media after the outcry that erupted last week, when Trump used "animals" during a roundtable discussion on immigration. (Here is the transcript.)

After the roundtable, the White House said Trump had clearly been referring to MS-13 gang members, not undocumented immigrants in general, and press chief Sarah Huckabee Sanders said later that she didn't think "animals" was strong enough. In Monday's press release, the White House recounts several violent murders linked to the gang and ends by saying that "Trump's entire administration is working tirelessly to bring these violent animals to justice." Vox takes a look at the entire controversy, including the context of the original remarks, noting that "both sides think they've won." (More MS-13 stories.)

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