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Wed Oct 2, 2019, 02:07 PM

Trump's Border Fantasy Includes Stabbing and Shooting Migrants, Feeding Them to Reptiles

At a rally in May, President Trump laughed when a supporter suggested shooting migrants to prevent them from crossing the Southern border. “That’s only in the Panhandle can you get away with that statement,” the president said to a cheering audience in Panama City Beach, Florida.

On Tuesday, we also learned you can get away with it in the White House. According to an excerpt published in the New York Times from the new book Border Wars: Inside Trump’s Assault on Immigration, Trump suggested to aides that soldiers shoot migrants in the legs to slow them down, before being told it was illegal, just as he’d been told it was illegal to shoot migrants throwing rocks, as he suggested publicly last November.

That’s not all.

Trump also proposed digging a water-filled moat and stocking it with snakes and alligators. If he was kidding, his aides didn’t think so, as they sought a cost estimate for the cartoonishly ludicrous proposal. Trump also wanted the wall to be electrified, and topped with spikes that could “pierce human flesh.”


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