A 'disgraceful verdict': Trump slams Mexican murder suspect's acquittal


  • President Donald Trump slammed the not guilty verdict of a Mexican man that was on trial for murder.
  • The man was previously deported five times and served in federal prison.
  • Trump made the case a popular talking point during his campaign.

President Donald Trump slammed the not guilty verdict of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, a previously deported Mexican man who was accused of fatally shooting 32-year-old Kate Steinle at a San Francisco pier in 2015.

"A disgraceful verdict in the Kate Steinle case!," Trump tweeted Thursday evening. "No wonder the people of our Country are so angry with Illegal Immigration."

The case sparked outrage amongst those who felt the US's immigration policy was too lax, given that Zarate had been previously deported five times and had served in federal prison. The shooting also became a popular talking point in Trump's presidential campaign, which often emphasized the country's need to erect a US-Mexico border wall to prevent illegal entry into the US. 

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A disgraceful verdict in the Kate Steinle case! No wonder the people of our Country are so angry with Illegal Immigration.
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Sessions' statement on Steinle verdict: "I urge the leaders of the nation’s communities to reflect on the outcome o… https://t.co/tmvw4xKXJt
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Jury convinced that illegal alien killed Kate Steinle accidentally. She would still be alive if we had a wall.
If this worthless Congress doesn’t pass #KatesLaw now, there is no hope for this nation. https://t.co/vFa1rayYFP
I wonder how the jurors in the Kate Steinle trial will feel when they lay down to go to sleep tonight knowing they… https://t.co/Yb51vKQrJw
A San Francisco jury finds an illegal alien not guilty of murdering Kate Steinle. In California - there is no justi… https://t.co/kg72rDByxA
Prayers for the Steinle family. Feds should immediately charge the thug with a variety of immigration crimes. What’s happening to America?
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Kate Steinle’s family has suffered an agonizing loss and now have been denied justice for the man who shot and killed her. 1/2
If our immigration laws were enforced, Kate would be alive today. I defy anyone to defend that murderer’s right to… https://t.co/S1H1ng0Ncx

Zarate, who did not deny shooting Steinle, said that the gun accidentally fired as he was picking it up, according to the Associated Press. Defense attorney Matt Gonzalez argued that Zarate had no motivation to kill Steinle, and that it was an unfortunate incident.

Although Zarate was acquitted of murder charges, he was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm, the Associated Press said.

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