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US News'Only in the Panhandle': Trump chuckles when audience member suggests shooting migrants

16:46  09 may  2019
16:46  09 may  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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President Donald Trump was tickled Wednesday when an audience member at a Florida rally suggested shooting migrants arriving at the U.S The remark drew a chuckle from the president, who shook his head, pointed in the audience member 's direction and said, " Only in the Panhandle

An audience member at a Donald Trump rally in Florida yelled ' shoot them' in reference to migrants at the border. Trump had asked the crowd: 'How do you stop these people?' After laughing at the response, he added: ' Only in the panhandle can you get away with that statement'. Thu 9 May 2019

President Donald Trump was tickled Wednesday when an audience member at a Florida rally suggested shooting migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump was bemoaning the legal protections afforded migrants and espousing the need for a border wall when he asked rhetorically, "How do you stop these people?"

"Shoot them!" someone shouted from the Panama City Beach crowd, according to multiple news media reports.

The remark drew a chuckle from the president, who then shook his head, pointed in the audience member's direction and said, "Only in the Panhandle you can get away with that statement."

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' Shoot them':' Only in the Panhandle ': Trump chuckles when audience member suggests shooting migrants . "I would suggest approaching these conversations as a means to achieve accurate – rather than imagined or exaggerated – disagreement versus trying to convince anyone to change their

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"Only in the Panhandle," he repeated to laughs and cheers from the crowd.

Prior to the interruption, Trump had mentioned "border security people" who he said are not permitted to use weapons on the migrants.

"I mean, when you have 15,000 people marching up, and you have hundreds and hundreds of people, and you have two or three border security people that are brave and great – and don't forget, we don't let them and we can't let them use weapons. We can't. Other countries do. We can't. I would never do that," he said.

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When a rallygoer suggested shooting immigrants in May, Trump made a joke. Trump paused and smirked, before responding, “That’s only in the Panhandle can you get away It’s reminiscent of a pattern he exhibits when asked to condemn racist and violent acts by audience members at his rallies.

“ Only in the Panhandle .” Though Trump didn’t explicitly endorse the suggestion to shoot migrants , his joking response raised concerns that he was tacitly The incendiary remark from the crowd came as Trump , standing before about 7,000 people who had gathered at an outdoor amphitheater in the

Trump was apparently referring to the rules Border Patrol agents must follow before using force.

In November, Trump suggested that the U.S. troops he deployed could fire on migrants who throw rocks and later that month the White House approved a memo authorizing those troops to use lethal force on migrants if necessary.

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During an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity in March, Trump said the threat of deadly force is a "very effective" way to deter migrants, but said the U.S. "can't do it."

"We need to defend our country. You have people pouring in," he told Hannity. "Now, we're capturing these people, we're getting them. But we don't do like other countries. Other countries stand there with machine guns ready to fire. We can't do that and I wouldn't want to do that."

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'Only in the Panhandle': Trump chuckles when audience member suggests shooting migrants

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