According to Common Dreams, at a Thursday night rally in Michigan, President Trump mocked asylum-seekers fleeing violence in their home countries. Trump suggested that asylum-seekers don’t actually fear for their lives.
"You have people coming up. You know they're all met by the lawyers," Trump said. "And they come out, they're all met by the lawyers, and they say, 'Say the following phrase: I am very afraid for my life. I am afraid for my life.'"
"And then I look at the guy. He looks like he just got out of the ring. He's the heavyweight champion of the world," the president said to laughter from the crowd. "He's afraid for his life. It's a big fat con job, folks."
Trump’s speech came amid outrage over the treatment of hundreds of migrants being held El Paso, Texas. Women and young children are detained there in conditions that have been compared to concentration camps.
Critics were shocked by Trump’s mockery. An observer noted that reports have shown many asylum-seekers who were turned away at the border were killed or severely prosecuted when they returned to their home countries.
Daniel Balso, Europe and Central Asia advocacy director at Amnesty International, tweeted: "Literally the single most powerful person on the planet mocking some of the most vulnerable people on the planet.”
Trump also insulted “little pencil-necked Adam Schiff” during his rally and lied about the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, which have not yet been released.
Although Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the Mueller report specified that Mueller did not exonerate Trump of obstruction of justice, Trump claimed that the report did exonerate him.
"The special counsel completed its report and found no collusion and no obstruction," the president said.