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Trump Laughs Off Supporter’s Suggestion to Shoot Migrants at the Border

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At a rally in Panama City Beach, Florida, on Wednesday night, President Donald Trump complained to his supporters that there was an “invasion” of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. This meant, he asserted, that there were just a couple of Border Patrol agents to handle “hundreds and hundreds of people” arriving en masse. “And don’t forget, we don’t let them and we can’t let them use weapons,” he said. “We can’t. Other countries do. We can’t. I would never do that. But how do you stop these people?”

“Shoot them!” someone in the audience of about 7,000 shouted. The crowd laughed, and many applauded.

Trump smiled and shook his head. “That’s only in the Panhandle you can get away with that statement,” he said. The crowd cheered. “Only in the Panhandle.”


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