President Donald Trump traveled to Long Island Friday to speak on his administration’s crackdown efforts on violent gang activity, specifically targeting the ultra-violent Honduran gang MS-13.
Speaking to a crowd of supporters and law enforcement, Trump went hard on sanctuary cities, a porous border and “weak” politicians to make his point.
A “sanctuary city” is a term used to classify a city that limits how local law enforcement can cooperate with federal immigration agents in prosecuting illegal immigrants.
New York is one of those cities.
“For many years, [gang members] exploited America’s weak borders and lax immigration enforcement to bring drugs and violence to cities and towns all across America. They’re there right now because of weak political leadership, weak leadership, weak policing, and in many cases because the police weren’t allowed to do their job.”
Then Trump struck a nerve very close to home for the police officers flanking him. Without naming him, Trump attacked the liberal mayor of New York, Bill DeBlasio, who has had a very strained relationship with the police of New York City.
Recently, the mayor decided to skip a slain officer’s funeral, opting to instead protest Trump in Hamburg, Germany. In response, New York Police Department officers turned their backs on the mayor during a public event.
Trump took full advantage of the situation, telling the audience, to roaring applause:
“I’ve met police that are great police that aren’t allowed to do their job because they have a pathetic mayor or the mayor doesn’t know what’s going on.
Were you applauding for someone in particular?”
The not-so-subtle joke about their mayor was not lost on the officers behind Trump, who applauded and laughed.
“But from now on, we’re going to enforce our laws, protect our borders, and support our police like our police have never been supported before. We’re going to support you like you’ve never been supported before,” Trump said.
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