President Donald Trump on Monday lambasted Democrats for being soft on crime and said a wave of Democratic midterm election victories would only lead to more crime.
He centered his criticism on Democrats’ lack of support and even hostility toward law enforcement, specifically Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Border Patrol. Holding a White House event to honor federal immigration officials, Trump said law and order is popular and will lead to Republican victories in November.
“I think we’re going to do very well in the midterms, and this is one of the very big reasons. The fact is, people respect law and order, and they love our law enforcement,” Trump said. “I think we’re going to have much more of a red wave than what you’re going to see as a phony blue wave. Blue wave means crime, it means open borders. Not good.”
As Democrats such as Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) and rising star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have called for ICE to be abolished, Trump described the idea as shameful and dangerous. He went after “radical” Democrats and their “campaign to abolish ICE, in other words they want to abolish America’s borders.”
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