John Kelly, the former White House Chief of Staff, gave a speech at Drew University and suggested that Trump called “all” border crossers and illegal aliens “rapists” and “murderers.
However, that is not what was said by Trump as he began his presidential campaign in 2015.
Trump said many border crossers were “bringing drugs” and “bringing crime” but he also acknowledged that “some … are good people.”
According to The Atlantic, Kelly was speaking about border crossers and said “In fact, they’re overwhelmingly good people … they’re not all rapists and they’re not all murderers.”
“And it’s wrong to characterize them that way. I disagreed with the president a number of times,” Kelly added.
Kelly is also the former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary and claimed that he always disagreed with the president on the issue of immigration.
For example, Kelly repeated his claim that he did not believe the nation’s porous border warrants a border wall “from sea to shining sea,” a line that his close confidant former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen also repeated multiple times during her tenure.
Kelly suggested that Trump called “all” border crossers and illegal aliens “rapists” and “murderers,” though that is not the case.
Trump actually said:
When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best … 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. [Emphasis added]
As Breitbart News reported, sources who spoke to the Washington Post in 2018 revealed that Kelly and Nielsen would joke about the construction of Trump’s border wall, mocking the plan as one that would never be implemented.
“[Nielsen] panned the president’s statement about the border wall, saying it was unlikely to ever be built. Kelly agreed,” the Post reported at the time. “The two sometimes joked about it.”