June 2, 2018

USA: It Was MS-13 Pres Trump Called "Animals," Not Undocumented Immigrants. Media And Democrats Have Been Reporting Fake News Again. Most Didn't Bother Retracting Story. Damage Done.

The Washington Times
written by Stephen Dinan
Tuesday May 22, 2018

An MS-13 member who goes by the gang name “Animal” received a 40-year prison sentence this week for a conspiracy that included the murder of a 15-year-old boy, the U.S. attorney’s office in Massachusetts said Tuesday.

The nickname, which the prosecutors highlighted in the headline of a press release, is particularly telling, coming just a week after President Trump called members of the violent, immigrant-fueled MS-13 gang “animals.”

Joel Martinez, 23, admitted he murdered the 15-year-old as part of his initiation as a “homeboy” in Mara Salvatrucha, the gang’s full name.

“I stabbed the culero three times,” Mr. Martinez said, according to prosecutors. “He stared at me and he asked me if I was going to, if I was going to stab him. I told him, ‘Yes, the Mara rules you.’”

Culero is a derogatory MS-13 members use for a rival gang. Killing a rival gang member was a requirement for achieving full status in MS-13 in Massachusetts, the FBI says.

The White House says incidents like Martinez‘ murder-initiation back up Mr. Trump’s comment during a roundtable on sanctuary cities last week in which he said “these aren’t people, these are animals.”

‌The president has used such language about MS-13 many times in the past, but this latest use drew an outsized reaction from immigrant-rights groups, congressional Democrats and news outlets — many of which misconstrued the president’s remarks to refer to all illegal immigrants.

But authorities say the gang’s brutality is well-known.

In an FBI affidavit accompanying the conspiracy case against Martinez in Massachusetts, an agent recounted a litany of shootings, stabbings and beatings by gang members either attempting to intimidate others, or to enforce their rules internally.

MS-13 members are also well aware they are targets for police enforcement. In the affidavit the FBI says one gang leader instructed his members to cover up their tattoos, refrain from wearing the gang’s colors or the Nike Cortez sneakers that had become a telltale mark of a full member. They were also told to forgo carrying a knife or gun and instead carry a bicycle chain with a lock attached as a weapon because it was less likely to get them pegged as a gang member if they were stopped by police on the street.
New York Post
written by Ben Feuerherd and Aaron Feis
Wednesday May 30, 2018

A third man linked to the notorious MS-13 gang has been charged in the machete murder of a Long Island teenager, according to officials.

Josue Figueroa-Velasquez, 18, was arrested Tuesday and charged with the slaying of 16-year-old Angel Soler, authorities said.

Soler’s mutilated remains were found in a wooded area in Roosevelt in October 2017, about three months after he was reported missing.

Soler’s was one of three bodies found within a five-mile stretch in Nassau County across nine days last fall — all apparent victims of MS-13 violence.

Two reputed members of the ruthless gang — David Sosa-Guevara and Victor Lopez — have already been charged in the slaying.

Figueroa-Velasquez pleaded not guilty during a brief court appearance Wednesday morning, according to the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office.

He was remanded without bail, and is due back in court Friday.

The Blaze
written by Carlos Garcia
May 18, 2018

While the rest of the mainstream media kept misquoting President Trump’s comments about murderous MS-13 gang members, NBC’s Chuck Todd went against the grain and agreed with the president.

Todd was on the “Bernie & Sid in the Morning” radio show on WABC when he spoke about the “animals” controversy Friday.

“He’s speaking about these violent gang members. A lot of people have called violent anybodys animals,” Todd said.

“Anybody who is a violent criminal in my book can get called an animal if they’re sitting there mauling, killing and raping people,” he explained. “I don’t care where they’re from. This is not about that.”

Todd was referring to the online furor that ensued when it misreported that Trump called illegal aliens “animals” when he was actually responding to a question about vicious MS-13 gang members.

“These aren’t people,” Trump said. “These are animals, and we’re taking them out of the country at a rate that’s never happened before.”

How the media hurt its own credibility

Todd continued to add that the media was hurting its own credibility by misrepresenting the president’s words.

“This is where I think that my colleagues do us all harm,” Todd said. “You know, cover this legitimately. There is plenty of legitimate stuff to ding him on, if you think he deserves to be dinged on.”

“Just be careful,” he added. “Don’t be sloppy about it.”

Some media outlets corrected their reporting on Trump’s comments, but others stuck to their guns and cited his past comments to justify misrepresenting what he said. The president was asked to clarify his comments, and he reiterated clearly that he was referring to vicious MS-13 gang members.

Who would you rather date? A Trump Supporter or an MS-13 Gang Member. Thanks to the activists, celebrities, media, and Democratic politicians most of these youngsters chose MS-13.
UPDATE 6/6/18 at 1:51pm: I added the WH tweet below.

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