The controversy began when debate moderator Kristen Welker asked the President a question regarding family separation at the border.
Trump noted that illegal immigrant families put themselves in perilous situations by allowing coyotes – a person paid to smuggle them across the border, often associated with drug cartels – to guide them.
He suggested bad actors are involved in using children to help them get across the border as well.
“Children are brought here by coyotes and lots of bad people, cartels, and they’re brought here and it’s easy to use them to get into our country,” he said.
Trump says “we’re trying very hard” to find the parents of more than 500 children separated at the border.
— Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) October 23, 2020
She Actually Thinks Trump Means Real Coyotes at the Border
It was seemingly well understood what President Trump was referring to. Seemingly.
Not so for Dar’shun Kendrick, a Democrat Georgia State Representative, however.
Kendrick did her best to dunk on the President for making the reference to drug-smuggling coyotes.
“Did [Trump] just say 545 kids they can’t find their parents for came over through ‘cartels and coyotes?!'” she tweeted.
“How the hell does a coyote bring a whole human across the border?!” she continued. “Lord – stop talking.”
Did @realDonaldTrump just say 545 kids they can’t find their parents for came over through “cartels and coyotes”?! How the hell does a coyote bring a whole human across the border?! Lord—–stop talking. #FinalDebate
— Dar’shun Kendrick (@DarshunKendrick) October 23, 2020
Kendrick Wasn’t the Only One
We wouldn’t fault you, the reader, if you somehow thought ‘There’s no way she said something that incredibly stupid.’
Well, strap yourselves in, because Kendrick wasn’t even vaguely the only verified Twitter personality to have thought nearly the same exact thing.
This Harvard University student – you may know him from his anti-gun lunacy – believes President Trump was actually denigrating the parents of illegal children as ‘coyotes.’
Imagine calling the immigrant parents that bring their children to the United States for a better life “Coyotes”
The level of xenophobia is sickening.
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) October 23, 2020
Other journalists and people of influence on social media appear to have made the same mistake.
Did Trump just say children were brought to the border by coyotes? #Debates2020
— Jordan (@JordanChariton) October 23, 2020
Please explain “children are brought here by coyotes” to me? I’m certain that’s not literal…#Debates2020
— Lexa Doig (@LexaDoig) October 23, 2020
What does “children are brought here by coyotes” mean?! #Debates2020
— Nicole Schuman (@Buffalogal) October 23, 2020
Did he just say children are brought here by coyotes?! What does that even mean?!
— Adam Del Rosso (@AdamDWeather) October 23, 2020
Tonight on blue checkmark twitter, they don’t know what coyotes are.
(This isn’t even half of all I found 🥴) pic.twitter.com/Jsh57jSBb1
— Sophia Narwitz (@SophNar0747) October 23, 2020
As you might imagine, conservatives didn’t hold back their responses to some of the ignorant tweets.
“I have many strong opinions on illegal immigration but I don’t know what a ‘coyote’ is.”
– Blue Check Twitter
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) October 23, 2020
Kendrick took the brunt of the mockery …
As anyone who’s ever spent any time in a border state knows, “coyotes” are people hired by cartels and human traffickers to illegally traffic immigrants over the U.S.-Mexico border into the U.S. https://t.co/nSkeHBd40r
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 23, 2020
If you’re hearing the word “coyote” for the first time tonight, you just might be watching too much CNN. https://t.co/wtmobbKS56
— Insomnochick laughs at your ad hominem attacks (@insomnochick) October 23, 2020
— Whatever (@DRussell76) October 23, 2020
Even the President’s son, Donald Trump Jr. chimed in.
“This is the chief Deputy Whip of the Georgia house democrats,” he tweeted. “She has no idea that coyotes is the name given to the human traffickers smuggling people over the borders.”
“She thinks DJT is talking about the animal, it’s hard to believe that this is an elected official. Amazing.”
This is the chief Deputy whip of the Georgia house democrats. She has no idea that coyotes is the name given to the human traffickers smuggling people over the borders.
She thinks DJT is talking about the animal, it’s hard to believe that this is an elected official. Amazing. https://t.co/hkIwb1vcWH
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 23, 2020
The Federalist responded with a column titled, “If You Don’t Know That ‘Coyotes’ Are Human Smugglers, Shut Up About The Border.”
The left’s ignorance has been exposed for everyone to see. They’ll call President Trump stupid, but don’t know what a ‘coyote’ in border terminology means.
— Rusty Weiss 🇺🇸 (@rustyweiss74) October 23, 2020
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