Lara Trump, the daughter-in-law of Donald Trump, urged Americans living on the Mexico-U.S. border to “arm up and get guns and be ready” to use potentially lethal force amid a recent surge in border crossings by people from Central American.
“I don’t know what you tell the people that live at the southern border,” Trump ranted during a Saturday interview on Fox News. “I guess they better arm up and get guns and be ready, and maybe they’re gonna have to take matters into their own hands.”
“People should never make this dangerous journey here,” she continued. “It’s bad for Americans. It’s bad for the migrants. It’s bad all around.”
Trump’s remarks were widely rebuked online.
Russell Foster, a Democrat currently running for Congress in Texas, called her comments “dangerous,” saying: “The former president’s daughter-in-law is calling for people to shoot immigrants. It’s worse after multiple mass shootings over the last few days in Texas and elsewhere. This could lead to an uptick in hate crimes across the country.”
[…]Trump’s comments come amid a record number of illegal crossings at the southern border. Last month saw 180,000 crossings – the highest its been in two decades, according to The Telegraph.
Over the last several months, Republicans have demurred President Biden for instituting border policies they’ve deemed “too lax,” resulting in a record influx of immigrants that U.S. border facilities have struggled to contain.[…]Lara Trump calls on Texans and Arizonans to “get guns and be ready” — Salon