Earlier today, Donald Trump tweeted this about the migrant caravan approaching the U.S.’s southern border:
Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy. Must change laws!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2018
Not exactly sure what happened with “emergy,” but the part about “unknown Middle Easterners” got some extra attention from Democrats and the Left:
“Unknown” Middle Easteners????? ?????
— Gen Michael Hayden (@GenMhayden) October 22, 2018
— ABC News (@ABC) October 22, 2018
You have no evidence saying that "criminals and unknown middle easterners" are mixed in. That's a blatant lie. You are just trying to stoke fear in your base. This is pure propaganda!
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) October 22, 2018
“Unknown middle easterners.” Cmon man. These are supposed to be dog whistles https://t.co/V96nl4zaKr
— Sam Stein (@samstein) October 22, 2018
“Unknown Middle Easterners.” A reminder that seeing Islam as “other” was a unifying theme of Trump’s support in 2016 primaries. https://t.co/oZU1yK5rBO
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) October 22, 2018
So this is the world of Trump "Unknown Middle Easterners" What does that even mean. How can you know they are mixed in the group but yet be unknown. C'mon I would hope that all, including the Trump base is smarter than this.
— America's Flyboys (@amflyboys) October 22, 2018
Unknown middle easterners? ! East Texans? East Juarez? East Honduras? I guess he wants to include ALL in his xenophobia . 5,000 mistruths later . Resign you tax evader! I’m worried about Evaders! Of taxes ! Laws! Ethics! pic.twitter.com/q2Cnppam5l
— MaryLa ??? (@NutterMutter) October 22, 2018
There it is. If you’re okay with granting asylum Trump amps up by adding Middle Easterners so you will be scared one way or another. People who believe this blatant liar must be as stupid as he thinks they are.
— Lynn Blouin (@blouin_lynn) October 22, 2018
There is no reporting that supports Trump's claim—a claim he made without providing any evidence—that "unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in" the migrant caravan.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 22, 2018
No reporting? Well, not quite no reporting …
Univision Reporter Embedded With Caravan Says He Has Met Migrants From Known Terrorist Hotspot Secretly Traveling With Them
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) October 22, 2018
"In Bangladesh in recent years ISIS has taken responsibility for attacks on foreigners, homosexuals, Shia, Ahmadis, Sufis, and other religious minorities, among other groups. Islamist militants have targeted secular writers and bloggers in particular, with an online “hit list.”
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) October 22, 2018
More from the Daily Caller:
Univision correspondent Francisco Santa Anna reported from the bridge separating Guatemala and Mexico. The bridge has been packed with thousands of migrants demanding access to Mexico, with the ultimate goal of crossing the border of the United States illegally. The caravan has now swelled to many thousands.
The Bangladeshis, he said, were detained in an immigration facility, though it’s not clear what happened to them after their detention. (RELATED:Train Of Central American Migrants Swells In Number Despite Warnings From Trump)
“The borders in Central American are not as strong as the U.S., which makes it possible for people from Panama and Ecuador to cross easily,” Santa Anna said on Univision. “They cross from Costa Rica, then later go through Guatemala and eventually make it into our country.”
“Yesterday when we were traveling through Guatemala, we noticed people from El Salvador and even people from Bangladesh,” he continued. “Can you imagine what they had to do to get here? They infiltrated themselves in this caravan and tried to cross with the crowd. That would have benefited them greatly.”
So, inarticulate as Trump’s tweet was, was there something to it?