Debbie Mucarsel-Powell calls President’s reaction to shooting immigrants ‘dangerous’

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell New Day Donald Trump shoot immigrants
"He has to be careful."

After Donald Trump laughed off a supporter’s comments suggesting immigrants who enter the country illegally should be shot, U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell is now hammering the President, calling his reaction “dangerous.”

“When he talks about shooting, I lost my father to gun violence,” Mucarsel-Powell said, recalling her father who was shot to death when she was in her mid-20s.

“I take that very seriously. We are in a situation right now in this country [where] we just had another shooting in Denver. He has to be careful,” she said of the President.

The comment about shooting immigrants came from a member of the crowd as Trump spoke at a Panama City rally Wednesday night. At the time, Trump was discussing the possibility of using weapons against immigrants entering the country illegally.

Speaking of the border agents who encounter those migrants, Trump said, “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?”

That’s when one unidentified member of the audience yelled, “Shoot them!”

Trump laughed and pointed in the direction of that audience member before shaking his head. “That’s only in the Panhandle you can get away with that statement,” Trump joked as the audience laughed and cheered.

“This is dangerous,” Mucarsel-Powell said of those comments in an appearance Thursday on CNN’s New Day, since posted to the congresswoman’s Twitter account.

“I am an immigrant. I came here from Ecuador. The rhetoric of attacking immigrants, criminalizing them, saying that we’re criminals, is just completely wrong.”

She pointed to migrants who are seeking asylum, arguing the President’s rhetoric puts them in danger.

“We cannot allow this President to carelessly say that immigrants are coming and that there’s shooting. I mean, that is a dangerous road to take and I urge the President, people close to him, to please measure their words.”

Mucarsel-Powell, who is in her first term representing Florida’s 26th Congressional District, said that while Wednesday’s crowd may have enjoyed Trump’s comments, they may not play as well elsewhere in the Sunshine State.

“Obviously it’s playing well for him politically. But it’s not going to play well for him in Florida,” Mucarsel-Powell argued. “In my district, in my area, about half of the people that live there came from another country. And they’re paying attention.”

Ryan Nicol

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  • VoteDem2020

    May 9, 2019 at 11:13 am

    The guy’s a total *******, Debbie! What good could any normal person possibly expect from him??? He kneels at the feet of dictators like Putin … who regularly eliminate those they take a dislike to. Nothing different from Trump: He’s bragged he could “shoot someone on 5th avenue and my supporters wouldn’t care”. (If he shoots an illegal immigrant, so much the better among ‘his base’, apparently!)

    • gary

      May 10, 2019 at 10:34 am

      Delusional! Just ridiculous!

  • Marty Jacobs

    May 9, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    blah, blah,blah and he beats puppies in his spare time LOL

    Democrat 2020 Platform & Goals:

    -Open Borders.
    -Sanctuary Cities.
    -Elimination of ICE
    -Disarming Americans.
    -Voting rights for illegal aliens.
    -Pack the courts with radical liberal judges (Like the 9th circuit)
    -Increase refugee’s from the third world.
    -Illegal aliens allowed to hold public office.
    -Free Abortions for all (Taxpayer funded)
    -The green new deal.
    -End of Electoral College
    -Free Medicare care for all including non citizens (taxpayer funded)
    -Raise Minimum Wage
    -Have adolescents vote
    -!00% free college for all, including non citizens. (tax payer funded)
    -Reparations for every race “harmed” by the white man.
    -Convicts, Terrorists voting.
    -Susie & Bobby using the same restrooms.
    -Late term abortions.
    -Pay check for every person in the US even if they choose not to work.

    Sources: Straight from the Democrat’s mouths.

  • Raymond Blacklidge

    May 9, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    Sage advice Debbie, but why stop at Trump.
    Leftwing violence has increased 250% since the final days of the Obama administration.[1]

    In the immediate aftermath of the election of Donald Trump, CNN broadcast a non-spontaneous set-up piece with “Lilly,” who said

    “ We can’t just do rallies, we have to fight back. There will be casualties on both sides. There will be because people have to die to make a change in this world.[2] ”
    Trump supporters have been the victims of numerous targeted attacks, brutal violence, and hate crimes.[3][4][5][6] A tech company corporate CEO threatened to murder Donald Trump.[7] The brutal and disturbing anti-Trump hate crimes (or hate crimes closely related to Trump’s election) continued to occur up to the 2018 Midterm elections,[8] and by March 2019, 334 reported hate crimes had been committed against Trump supporters.[9] Democrat leaders, Obama and the Clinton machine refused to condemn the hate and violence. Ads for paid protesters appeared on Craigslist. Many of these protests were likely organized and coordinated, as many protestors were bused in by Coach buses. Despite the large number of left-wing and anti-Trump acts of violence, leftists faked alleged “hate crimes” by Trump supporters in order to villanize them[10] – but a 2019 study by Nathan P. Kalmoe of Louisiana State University and Lilliana Mason of the University of Maryland found that Democrats are more likely to support political violence than Republicans.[11]

    Liberal media bias and fake news, which demonized conservatives and Republicans, is often said to have fanned the flames of the increase in left-wing violence against conservatives.[12][13][14][15][16] Mainstream media outlets even promoted the notion that violent left-wingers use their violence against conservatives to bring about “peace.”[17][18] Many Democrats failed to condemn the violence,[19] and top Democrat leaders encouraged the violence and hate.[20] Much of the violence was directed against Trump supporters.[21] The Pew Research Center found in 2017 that 47% thought that their friendships would be in danger if that friend voted for Trump, while only 13% of Republicans thinking the same thing about a friend who supported Clinton,[22][23] something confirmed by Harvard Law Professor Adrian Vermeule.[24]

    According to a June 2017 Rasmussen Reports survey, 76% of Americans feared political violence.[25]

    The left-wing violence and support of violence unsurprisingly continued after 2017, with leftists making death threats to numerous Republican members of Congress,[26] and with Occupy Wall Street activists calling for murdering ICE agents.[27] Many entertainers made jokes about harming President Trump.[28] Despite all this, the Left falsely claimed that “right-wing violence” was rising.[29] In the first two years of the Trump presidency, Breitbart News tabulated 639 violent incidents against Trump supporters – nearly one per day. Some of that violence was directed specifically against pro-life individuals.[30]

  • gary

    May 10, 2019 at 10:38 am

    Democrats like Maxine Waters are calling for violence in America against other Americans, but that is ok?

    I seem to remember a speech Obama made where he told the audience “get mad! get in their face!

    Crickets from you and every other Democrat!


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