During an address on Long Island on Friday, President Trump called gang members “animals” and praised law enforcement for being “rough,” even suggesting that they not “be too nice” to people they arrest.
“When you see these thugs thrown into the back of a paddy wagon. You see them thrown in, rough. I said, ‘Please don’t be too nice,’” Trump said, mentioning attempts to shield the heads of those arrested. “I said, ‘You can take the hand away.’” The speech was planned to discuss Trump’s plans to combat the MS-13 gang.