His speech was basically white supremacist torture porn.
Hearing Trump as President in full Duterte mode today made me feel ill. Part of why his white supremacist fans love him is that he says things that upset Mean Libruls. And I assume that a majority of his white voters approve of seeing nonviolent immigrants brutalized and terrorized by ICE agents.
And why police sworn to uphold the law were applauding this is another reminder of how badly corrupted and lawless too many of our police forces have become.
The use of MS-13 at a symbol of and incitement to fear and hatred against Latinos was a popular theme among white supremacists since at least the early 2000s. Like various other themes, this one migrated from the white supremacist gutter to the position of the Republicans President.
MS-13 is a real gang, or a "brand" of gangs. But I won't stop to cite any reality-based sources here. In this speech, Trump uses "MS-13" as a ritual buzzword. I've focused lately on Islamophia in Austria. And one thing I took fromr a couple of extended TV panels featuring Muslim-hating participants was the way they made a point of tossing in a set of buzzwords: "jihad," "headscarves," "sharia," "salafi," "Saudi Arabia," "political Islam."
Tossing out "MS-13" along with torture-porn accessories functions in the same way: to promote fear and hatred rather than thought or understanding. And Trump is using it in this speech as a symbol against Latinos and immigrants.
Charlie Pierce tweeted a series of comments on Trump's speech:
We're back in American Carnage.— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) July 28, 2017
President Endorses Police Violence.— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) July 28, 2017
Man, double-fck these people.
Yes, organized crime never occurred to the previous waves of immigrants to this country.— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) July 28, 2017