Sarah Sanders Defends Trump’s MS-13 ‘Animals’ Remark: ‘Doesn’t Go Far Enough’ (Video)

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders offered a vigorous defense of the president’s comments that certain illegal immigrants are “animals.” Sanders said Trump was only talking about MS-13 gang members.

“If the media and liberals want to defend MS-13, they’re more than welcome to,” said Sanders. “It took an animal to stab a man 100 times and decapitate him and rip his heart out … Frankly, I think that the term ‘animal’ doesn’t go far enough.”

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Sanders also smacked down media speculation that Trump had been referring to immigrants more broadly.

“The president was very clearly referring to MS-13 gang members who enter the country illegally and whose deportations are hamstrung by our laws,” she said. “This is one of the most vicious and deadly gangs that operates by the motto of  rape, control and kill.”

On Wednesday Trump ignited a small firestorm after referring to members of the gang as “animals” in televised remarks at the White House.

“We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in — we’re stopping a lot of them,”said Trump from the Cabinet Room. “You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people, these are animals, and we’re taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that’s never happened before.”

Though the broader conversation was about MS-13 gang members, who Trump has called animals in the past, many in the media have argued they represent his broader opinions on immigrants.

You can watch Sanders’ comments above.

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders offered a vigorous defense of the president’s comments that certain illegal immigrants are “animals.” Sanders said Trump was only talking about MS-13 gang members.

“If the media and liberals want to defend MS-13, they’re more than welcome to,” said Sanders. “It took an animal to stab a man 100 times and decapitate him and rip his heart out … Frankly, I think that the term ‘animal’ doesn’t go far enough.”

Sanders also smacked down media speculation that Trump had been referring to immigrants more broadly.

“The president was very clearly referring to MS-13 gang members who enter the country illegally and whose deportations are hamstrung by our laws,” she said. “This is one of the most vicious and deadly gangs that operates by the motto of  rape, control and kill.”

On Wednesday Trump ignited a small firestorm after referring to members of the gang as “animals” in televised remarks at the White House.

“We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in — we’re stopping a lot of them,”said Trump from the Cabinet Room. “You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people, these are animals, and we’re taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that’s never happened before.”

Though the broader conversation was about MS-13 gang members, who Trump has called animals in the past, many in the media have argued they represent his broader opinions on immigrants.

You can watch Sanders’ comments above.

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Colbert: Trump Has Only 2 Emotions, ‘Anger, and You Remind Me of My Daughter’ (Video)

During his opening monologue on Monday night’s episode of “The Late Show,” Stephen Colbert got the backs of women who might be insulted by reports that White House chief of staff John Kelly thinks they’re “more emotional” than men.

“Have you met the president?” Colbert said about an NBC report that Kelly has said “multiple times” to aides and to Donald Trump that “women are more emotional” compared to men. “Women have a range of emotions. Trump has two: anger, and ‘you remind me of my daughter.’”

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In the same report, NBC cited unnamed “eight current and former White House officials” who dished on Kelly’s behavior, saying among other things that Kelly has called Trump an “idiot” on multiple occasions.

“I believe multiple times, because calling Trump an idiot is like Pringles — once you pop, you can’t stop,” Colbert said, referencing the salty potato chip brand. “Also, he’s terrible for my blood pressure.”

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Colbert also noted that, according to the report, Kelly has boasted “if I weren’t here, we would’ve entered WWIII or the president would have been impeached.”

“Is that an either/or?” Colbert jokes. “‘Cause I could live with one of those.”

Watch the clip in its entirety below:

TONIGHT: The White House is running very smoothly despite news that Trump’s chief of staff called him an “idiot” and “unhinged.” #LSSC pic.twitter.com/lXtHDqQiGG

— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) May 1, 2018

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During his opening monologue on Monday night’s episode of “The Late Show,” Stephen Colbert got the backs of women who might be insulted by reports that White House chief of staff John Kelly thinks they’re “more emotional” than men.

“Have you met the president?” Colbert said about an NBC report that Kelly has said “multiple times” to aides and to Donald Trump that “women are more emotional” compared to men. “Women have a range of emotions. Trump has two: anger, and ‘you remind me of my daughter.'”

In the same report, NBC cited unnamed “eight current and former White House officials” who dished on Kelly’s behavior, saying among other things that Kelly has called Trump an “idiot” on multiple occasions.

“I believe multiple times, because calling Trump an idiot is like Pringles — once you pop, you can’t stop,” Colbert said, referencing the salty potato chip brand. “Also, he’s terrible for my blood pressure.”

Colbert also noted that, according to the report, Kelly has boasted “if I weren’t here, we would’ve entered WWIII or the president would have been impeached.”

“Is that an either/or?” Colbert jokes. “‘Cause I could live with one of those.”

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Media Matters Chief Defends White House Correspondents’ Dinner: ‘Baseless Right-Wing Hysteria’

Media Matters for America chief Angelo Carusone was no fan of the White House Correspondents Association’s decision to throw Michelle Wolf under the bus. After the organization’s president Margaret Talev released a statement, expressing the group’s disappointment with Wolf’s tough monologue, Carusone unloaded on Twitter.

“I’m not surprised WHCA capitulated way that they did to some critics. The news media has been capitulating to baseless right-wing hysteria for decades, it’s actually part of the reason things are so f–ed up. Ironically, often dismissing or negatively reacting to legit criticism,” he said in a thread.

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“Unless I am actually wrong or really screwed up, I don’t capitulate to critics. Don’t get me wrong, I’m open to listening and learning. But, once I make a call…I am willing to stand by decision and the course of action it sets out. That can lead to some bumpy days, but worth it,” Carusone added.

I’m not surprised WHCA capitulated way that they did to some critics. The news media has been capitulating to baseless right-wing hysteria for decades, it’s actually part of the reason things are so fucked up. Ironically, often dismissing or negatively reacting to legit criticism

– Angelo Carusone (@GoAngelo) April 30, 2018

Carusone — a longtime right-wing bête noire — said that he never caved to critics unless he really felt it was a major screw up.

Unless I am actually wrong or really screwed up, I don’t capitulate to critics. Don’t get me wrong, I’m open to listening and learning. But, once I make a call…I am willing to stand by decision and the course of action it sets out. That can lead to some bumpy days, but worth it

– Angelo Carusone (@GoAngelo) April 30, 2018

The Media Matters chief, widely known for his advertiser boycotts against Fox News, has faced scrutiny in recent weeks over his organization’s decision to offer material and logistical support for a boycott of Fox News host Laura Ingraham.

Despite the hostility towards Fox, Carusone raised eyebrows when he told TheWrap last week that his organization would take no action against MSNBC anchor Joy Reid over old blog posts where she made disparaging remarks about LGBT Americans.

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Media Matters for America chief Angelo Carusone was no fan of the White House Correspondents Association’s decision to throw Michelle Wolf under the bus. After the organization’s president Margaret Talev released a statement, expressing the group’s disappointment with Wolf’s tough monologue, Carusone unloaded on Twitter.

“I’m not surprised WHCA capitulated way that they did to some critics. The news media has been capitulating to baseless right-wing hysteria for decades, it’s actually part of the reason things are so f–ed up. Ironically, often dismissing or negatively reacting to legit criticism,” he said in a thread.

“Unless I am actually wrong or really screwed up, I don’t capitulate to critics. Don’t get me wrong, I’m open to listening and learning. But, once I make a call…I am willing to stand by decision and the course of action it sets out. That can lead to some bumpy days, but worth it,” Carusone added.

Carusone — a longtime right-wing bête noire — said that he never caved to critics unless he really felt it was a major screw up.

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White House Correspondents Association Dragged for ‘Cowardly’ Michelle Wolf Criticism

If you didn’t hear already, Daily Show comedian Michelle Wolf told a few jokes this weekend at the White House Correspondents Dinner.

Controversy continued to swirl Sunday evening after association president Margaret Talev released a statement distancing her organization from Wolf’s performance which included a number of raunchy barbs and pointed shots at Press Secretary Sarah Sanders’ personal appearance.

“Last night’s program was meant to offer a unifying message about our common commitment to a vigorous and free press while honoring civility, great reporting and scholarship winners, not to divide people,” said Talev Unfortunately the entertainer’s monologue was not in the spirit of that mission.”

#WHCA Statement to Members on Annual Dinner pic.twitter.com/8DKoHNxpNi

— WHCA (@whca) April 30, 2018

With opinions calcified on both sides, it was essentially a no-win situation for Talev. Critics from the left slaughtered her for caving to right wing pressure, while the right declined to come to her defense — or even jeered that the apology was insufficient.

Here’s a few of the many, many opinions offered by the commentariat

This is some bullshit right here. And I say that as a journalist for the past 25 years. https://t.co/9Bjcl1DozC

— Christy Lemire (@christylemire) April 30, 2018

This is most cowardly thing the @whca could possibly write about @michelleisawolf. Every nuanced critique of this administration that she made just flew right over your heads while you kowtowed to keep your White House access. Your organization is a disgrace to journalism.

– Mike Rundle (@flyosity) April 30, 2018

self-criticism, comrade-citizens, is paramount for any enemy of the people seeking rapprochement with the dear leader https://t.co/QM1yz8vw9p

— Philip Gourevitch (@PGourevitch) April 30, 2018

As an ex-reporter, I would not wipe my ass on any part of the White House Correspondents Association now. Either they stand for open speech and are hosting an event in which some blunt truth can be uttered, or they’re hosting an empty circle jerk for the powers that be. https://t.co/OT6QAcpGHs

— David Simon (@AoDespair) April 30, 2018

A free idea for future WHCD. Have journalists do the comedy. You have funny people who can write bits. Use them. I bet it would be great.

— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) April 29, 2018

This statement from White House Correspondents’ Association President @margarettalev is a good first step toward long-overdue reforms of the #WHCD.

To my press corps colleagues: Let’s fix this. pic.twitter.com/J7f5Rq2PK5

— Gregory Korte (@gregorykorte) April 30, 2018

“First step towards long overdue reform”

It’s a fucking dinner, not Myanmar human rights.

Here’s a 1st step: Get over yourselves @whca.

Do your job. Cover the WH honestly. Honesty will require brutal honesty. Wolf. Comey. It’s jarring. Stop confusing crude w unfair.

ASAP. https://t.co/MTcedQf8oO

— Philippe Reines (@PhilippeReines) April 30, 2018

The White House Correspondent’s Association sortof denounces Michelle Wolf…

But notes that they recognize “great reporting…” they gave CNN an award for their Dossier pee-pee tape coverage last night. #WHCD https://t.co/VjZQsqLkF2

— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) April 30, 2018

Every year, I see @whca attendees tweeting about how the dinner is about celebrating the First Amendment. That is sanctimonious enough. But this statement reveals anew what nonsense that is. This is performative rubbish, and I hope that next year’s comedian ridicules them for it. https://t.co/tmGcEAP0gm

— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) April 30, 2018

Hi @whca this is you pic.twitter.com/jzuHlZfpqg

– Jamison Foser (@jamisonfoser) April 30, 2018

The #WHCA apologizing for Michelle Wolf’s act is so inappropriate and disappointing. https://t.co/g99YAu7JhP

— Touré (@Toure) April 30, 2018

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If you didn’t hear already, Daily Show comedian Michelle Wolf told a few jokes this weekend at the White House Correspondents Dinner.

Controversy continued to swirl Sunday evening after association president Margaret Talev released a statement distancing her organization from Wolf’s performance which included a number of raunchy barbs and pointed shots at Press Secretary Sarah Sanders’ personal appearance.

“Last night’s program was meant to offer a unifying message about our common commitment to a vigorous and free press while honoring civility, great reporting and scholarship winners, not to divide people,” said Talev Unfortunately the entertainer’s monologue was not in the spirit of that mission.”

With opinions calcified on both sides, it was essentially a no-win situation for Talev. Critics from the left slaughtered her for caving to right wing pressure, while the right declined to come to her defense — or even jeered that the apology was insufficient.

Here’s a few of the many, many opinions offered by the commentariat

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Adam Rippon on Why He Won’t Visit White House: ‘I Will Not Stand With People Who Discriminate’

Adam Rippon won’t be visiting the White House on Friday with the 2018 U.S. Winter Olympic and Paralympic Teams.

“Olympians from the 2018 Games have been invited to go to the White House today. I will not be going,” the figure skater tweeted Friday morning. “I will not stand with people who discriminate against those that they perceive as different. In lieu of going to DC, I have donated to a few of my favorite causes.”

The figure skater said that he donated to GLAAD, Planned Parenthood and the Red Cross in lieu of the visit to President Trump’s residence. He encouraged others to give if they could, adding “when we’re able to help each other out and do what we can to lift each other up, that’s when we’re truly making America great.”

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Olympians from the 2018 Games have been invited to go to the White House today. I will not be going. I will not stand with people who discriminate against those that they perceive as different. In lieu of going to DC, I have donated to a few of my favorite causes ????????‍ https://t.co/qDXqswTHdF

— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) April 27, 2018

Skiers Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin and Gus Kenworthy, and flag bearer Erin Hamlin will also not make the trip to D.C.

Pyeongchang bronze medalist Vonn previously told CNN that at the Olympics, she hoped to “represent the people of the United States, not the president.”

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“I want to represent our country well. I don’t think that there are a lot of people currently in our government that do that,” she said. And when asked if she would visit the White House after the games, she added, “Absolutely not.”

Gold medalist Shiffrin has also spoken out against Trump in the past.

“All US Olympians and Paralympians are invited to visit the White House and meet the President after the Games,” Kenworthy tweeted on Thursday. “Today is this year’s visit and USOC spokesperson says he’s never seen so many athletes turn down their invites. The resistance is real.”

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All US Olympians and Paralympians are invited to visit the White House and meet the President after the Games. Today is this year’s visit and USOC spokesperson says he’s never seen so many athletes turn down their invites. The resistance is real. https://t.co/6mKJGicWDS

— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) April 26, 2018

Hamlin opted to “visit at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center Friday morning” instead of the White House.

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Adam Rippon won’t be visiting the White House on Friday with the 2018 U.S. Winter Olympic and Paralympic Teams.

“Olympians from the 2018 Games have been invited to go to the White House today. I will not be going,” the figure skater tweeted Friday morning. “I will not stand with people who discriminate against those that they perceive as different. In lieu of going to DC, I have donated to a few of my favorite causes.”

The figure skater said that he donated to GLAAD, Planned Parenthood and the Red Cross in lieu of the visit to President Trump’s residence. He encouraged others to give if they could, adding “when we’re able to help each other out and do what we can to lift each other up, that’s when we’re truly making America great.”

Skiers Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin and Gus Kenworthy, and flag bearer Erin Hamlin will also not make the trip to D.C.

Pyeongchang bronze medalist Vonn previously told CNN that at the Olympics, she hoped to “represent the people of the United States, not the president.”

“I want to represent our country well. I don’t think that there are a lot of people currently in our government that do that,” she said. And when asked if she would visit the White House after the games, she added, “Absolutely not.”

Gold medalist Shiffrin has also spoken out against Trump in the past.

“All US Olympians and Paralympians are invited to visit the White House and meet the President after the Games,” Kenworthy tweeted on Thursday. “Today is this year’s visit and USOC spokesperson says he’s never seen so many athletes turn down their invites. The resistance is real.”

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Rupert Murdoch to Attend Trump White House’s First State Dinner

21st Century Fox chief Rupert Murdoch is officially on the guest list for tonight’s state dinner at the White House, a person familiar with the matter told TheWrap on Tuesday.

The 87-year-old media baron and his wife Jerry Hall are expected to attend the dinner honoring French president Emmanuel Macron, the first official state dinner since Donald Trump entered the White House last year.

The news was first reported by New York Times correspondent Katie Rogers on Twitter.

A spokesperson for 21st Century Fox declined to comment; The White House did not immediately respond to request for comment.

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A new little tidbit a WH official just confirmed for me: Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall are attending tonight. Unclear if they’re part of the 4 invitees POTUS was cleared to personally choose. https://t.co/9DRafn9kpB

— Katie Rogers (@katierogers) April 24, 2018

The attendance of the 87-year-old media magnate suggests he has recovered after suffering a back injury on his son Lachlan’s yacht earlier this year.

The elder Murdoch is known to be close to Trump and his Fox News Channel has become regular viewing in the White House.

It is the first state dinner of the Trump presidency and President Macron’s first official visit as president of France to the United States. Trump is said to enjoy a close personal friendship with Macron. The two dined together with their wives at a private dinner in Mount Vernon, Virginia, on Monday night.

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21st Century Fox chief Rupert Murdoch is officially on the guest list for tonight’s state dinner at the White House, a person familiar with the matter told TheWrap on Tuesday.

The 87-year-old media baron and his wife Jerry Hall are expected to attend the dinner honoring French president Emmanuel Macron, the first official state dinner since Donald Trump entered the White House last year.

The news was first reported by New York Times correspondent Katie Rogers on Twitter.

A spokesperson for 21st Century Fox declined to comment; The White House did not immediately respond to request for comment.

The attendance of the 87-year-old media magnate suggests he has recovered after suffering a back injury on his son Lachlan’s yacht earlier this year.

The elder Murdoch is known to be close to Trump and his Fox News Channel has become regular viewing in the White House.

It is the first state dinner of the Trump presidency and President Macron’s first official visit as president of France to the United States. Trump is said to enjoy a close personal friendship with Macron. The two dined together with their wives at a private dinner in Mount Vernon, Virginia, on Monday night.

Much of the state dinner preparations are being personally overseen by First Lady Melania Trump and her office.

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