Can you say, “Fake News”? An article has been making its way around social media claiming that the new Mexican presidential candidate has called for a mass migration to the United States. A “news site” by the name of wesupportDonaldTrump.com published the article and caused an uproar on Facebook.
What did he actually say?
The presidential candidate, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, was not calling for a flood of illegal immigrants to cross the border to the U.S. His actual quote is translated as, “Soon, very soon, after the victory of our movement, we will defend all migrants all over the American continent. And the migrants of the world, who, by necessity, must abandon their towns to find life in the United States.” Lopez Obrador was simply mentioning that he would support those that found it necessary to cross the border in order to survive. His quote was taken wildly out of context.
What did Pat have to say about it?
On today’s episode of “The News and Why It Matters,” Pat Gray brought up this Facebook hoax. “He’s just saying that because of the way they live, that they need to cross the border for their families,” Pat said.
The other hosts -- Stu Burguiere, Jason Buttrill, and Sara Gonzales -- were confused with López Obrador’s logic. The candidate blatantly called migration to the United States “a human right we will defend.” Stu was especially annoyed with this reasoning.
The crew chuckled as Pat said, “Can you imagine if this was an American president? … He’s also saying, and admitting, that his country is such a craphole that they can’t support their citizens.”
Watch the full clip above.