“Maybe they were rounding up to the nearest 4000?”
NBC reported Monday that, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection figures, only six people had been detained during a six-month period.
This is markedly less than the “nearly 4,000” claimed by the Trump White House over the weekend. Others on Twitter, including lawmakers, joined Maddow in condemning the lie:
Terrorists are not flooding our Southern Border.
There isn’t a national emergency.
Mexico didn’t pay for a wall.
Refugee children are dying at the hands of Trump’s deportation force.
Pres. Trump is throwing a tantrum, flat out making things up, & holding the government hostage. https://t.co/I1cTGUlRR3
— Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) January 7, 2019
…and what it is really all about.
There is no sudden “crisis” at the border. That is why the Trumpers keep lying about terrorists.
There is a crisis for Trump’s ego: He started a fight to get cheers from Fox, Limbaugh and Coulter, with no idea how to get out. Ego is all. https://t.co/yOkD9WoSsz
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) January 7, 2019
4000 terrorists at border vs real facts of 6!! ???enough lies already!!!
— Kiki Melendez (@kikimelendez) January 8, 2019
Sarah Sanders said 4000 immigrants crossing the border were on a watch list of suspected or known terrorists. Turns out she was off by 3994. There were only 6. This is why fact-checking is so important.
— Matt Powell (@NPDMattPowell) January 8, 2019
Trump supporters, stop pretending this wall is about security when your precious leader is lying in the form of 4000 terrorists to get it built. He wants it for one reason & one reason only, as an ideological, ego driven, white supremacist monument. Like confederate statues were.
— Francis Maxwell (@francismmaxwell) January 7, 2019
Sarah Sanders said 4,000 terrorists were stopped at the southern border. Actual number of people on terrorism watch list stopped at border in 1st half of 2018, according to Border Patrol: 6
4000 to 6. Same ratio as Trump’s rating of his own competence vs. his actual competence.
— Rick G. Rosner (@dumbassgenius) January 7, 2019
Sarah Sanders claimed 4000 terrorists were stopped at southern border, but there are only six persons in the terrorism database stopped at the southern border in the first half of 2018: https://t.co/5hQJEZGWFG. You lied, again, @SarahHuckabee.
— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) January 7, 2019
Wrong. The best way to read it: Border authorities encountered 6 with names sufficiently similar to one of the hundreds of thousands on multiple US Government watchlists. Senator Ted Kennedy, whose name resembled a watchlist entry, would have told you how fool-proof this is. https://t.co/wKbrlpB0Rn
— Ned Price (@nedprice) January 7, 2019
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