President Trump repeated his infamous “rapists” comment about Mexicans Thursday —recalling the launch of his presidential campaign at a town hall on taxes.
“Remember my opening remarks at Trump Tower when I opened,” he said during the event in West Virginia. “Everybody said, ‘oh, he was so tough.’ I used the word rape.”
The President went on to incorrectly claim that immigrants currently in Mexico as part of an annual event highlighting the problems and hardships migrants face are “raped at levels that nobody has ever seen before.”
“Yesterday it came out where this journey coming up, women are raped at levels that nobody has ever seen before,” he said.
Trump has spent the last week angrily tweeting about the so-called caravan organized by a group called Pueblo Sin Fronteras, or People Without Borders, and vowing to send National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.
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While a handful of the migrants may attempt to cross into the U.S. and some are planning to seek asylum, the yearly march is mostly held to raise awareness to the dangers of fleeing gang violence or political upheaval and corruption in Central American nations.
Trump appeared to insinuate that the caravan was somehow responsible for women being raped.
The comments directly referenced the President’s controversial campaign launch.
The presidential bid kicked off in June 2015, as Trump descended the gilded escalator at Trump tower with his wife Melania by his side.
His rambling speech stunned and offended many as he railed against immigrants, ISIS and the political establishment.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you,” he said. “They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
On Thursday, Trump’s off-the-cuff comments included unfounded claims about voter fraud and a mischaracterization of the U.S. trade deficit with China.
“In many places, like California, the same person votes many times. You probably heard about that. They always like to say ‘oh that’s a conspiracy theory,’” Trump said. “Not a conspiracy theory, folks. Millions and millions of people. And it’s very hard because the state guards their records. They don’t want to see it.”
Before the discussion with others began at the White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, event began, Trump tossed his prepared speech in the air and said it would have been boring.
“You know, this was going to be my remarks. They would have taken about two minutes, but to hell with it,” he said throwing the paper into the air. “That would have a little boring.”