Once again, CNN’s Jim Acosta is caught lying about the news. This time he lied about what President Donald Trump said in his Thursday immigration speech.
But don’t worry, the Internet isn’t letting him get away with it unscathed.
After Trump appeared in the White House Rose Garden on Thursday, Acosta jumped to his dishonest Twitter account to say: Trump in Rose Garden speech paints asylum seekers with broad brush, accusing them of misleading immigration authorities at border: “These are frivolous claims.”
Well, if that is what Trump really said, it would be terrible, indeed.
Naturally, that isn’t what Trump really said.
Breitbart News’s Charlie Spiering reminded Acosta about what Trump really said:
Full quote: “Unfortunately legitimate asylum seekers are being displaced by those lodging frivolous claims.”
As Daily Wire reported:
Acosta’s claim is false.
Trump made a clear distinction between legitimate asylum seekers and illegitimate asylum seekers in his speech, saying: “Unfortunately, legitimate asylum seekers are being displaced by those lodging frivolous claims. These are frivolous claims to gain admission into our country.”
Here is what Trump actually said:
We must also restore the integrity of our broken asylum system. Our nation has a proud history of affording protection to those fleeing government persecutions. Unfortunately, legitimate asylum seekers are being displaced by those lodging frivolous claims. These are frivolous claims to gain admission into our country. Asylum abuse also strains our public school systems, our hospitals, and local shelters, using funds that we should, and that have to go to elderly veterans, at risk youth, Americans in poverty, and those in genuine need of protection. We’re using the funds that should be going to them. And that shouldn’t happen. And it’s not going to happen in a very short period of time. I have to get this approved. My plan expedites relief for legitimate asylum seekers by screening out the meritless claims. If you have a proper claim, you will quickly be admitted. If you don’t, you will promptly be returned home.
The Center for Immigration Studies added:
“In fact, President Trump said that ‘legitimate asylum seekers’ are disadvantaged by frivolous claims. The president is correct. Out of every 100 migrants who make credible fear claims, only 13 are ultimately granted asylum. 52 don’t even file for asylum.”
Many on Twitter slammed Acosta for his lies:
What POTUS actually said was "unfortunately legitimate asylum asylum-seekers are being replaced by those lodging frivolous claims — these are frivolous claims to gain admission into our country." https://t.co/B4056tQh1B
— Tim Murtaugh (@TimMurtaugh) May 16, 2019
You know there's video proving you're lying, right?
Trump: "Our nation has a proud history of affording protection to those fleeing government persecutions. Unfortunately, legitimate asylum seekers are being displaced by those lodging frivolous claims….My plan expedites relief" pic.twitter.com/Gvz93vZBh3
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) May 16, 2019
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