when President Trump He suggested on Thursday Presidential debate That’s more than 500 immigrant Children separated from their parents have been brought to the border by “coyotes”, and many have been left confused on social media.
Trump supporters criticized the mistake and mocked liberals who were unfamiliar with the language of the border region.
Many believed the president was talking about actual animals bringing children across borders – rather than human traffickers, for whom “coyotes” are a slang term.
One Trump supporter wrote: “That explains why Joe has risen in some polls.” “His constituency is so dense that they believe that migrant children are carried by wild animals … Is it possible for someone to explain to them that coyotes are human traffickers who are themselves human (well … less than humans) but not that.”
Georgia Rep. Darson Kendrick, a Democrat, was among those who seemed perplexed to notice.
She wrote on Twitter: “Did realDonaldTrump say that 545 children could not find their parents because they came through“ cartels and coyotes ”?“ How the hell does a wolf bring a complete human across borders ?! Lord —– Stop talking. “
After the constant mockery on Twitter of the mistake, Kendrick replied, tweeting, “Lol. These keyboard cutters definitely talk big behind their keyboards. I want you all you know, all you do is get more followers for me not less. By all means, I keep getting annoyed. “
She also wrote that she plans to ignore “hateful” tweets and allow people to “enjoy arguing with themselves.”
Kendrick was far from the only person scratching his head over the term.
One Twitter user collected a bunch of tweets that expressed at least her confusion about what the president was talking about.
Former Vice President Joe BidenAt least, they seemed to understand the term and responded that the children were in fact brought to the United States by their parents rather than by smugglers.
that NBC News The investigation said that about two-thirds of the parents of the 545 children were deported to Central America while the children remained in the United States.
When NBC News’ Kristen Welker pressured him into the debate, Trump later said that the government was working “hard” to reunite the children with their parents.