On Wednesday, author Stephen King took to Twitter to brush off concerns about illegal immigrant crime in the wake of the murder of a 20-year-old jogger in Iowa by an illegal immigrant. King tweeted:
Mollie Tibbetts may well have been killed by an undocumented alien, and that's a terrible thing. But we might remember that Stephen Craig Paddock was an American citizen. He killed 58.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) August 22, 2018
This is textbook whataboutism. Why in the world should we ignore crime by illegal immigrants because a white man killed 58 people in Las Vegas? But King’s sentiment isn’t out of the mainstream for many Democrats. On Tuesday, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) stated that the real issue in America wasn’t illegal immigrant crime but separation of illegal immigrants at the border:
She stated, “I know this is hard not only for the family but for the people in her community, the people throughout Iowa, but one of the things we have to remember is we need an immigration system that is effective.”
President Trump, meanwhile, tore into our immigration system at his rally in West Virginia:
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 21, 2018
Is there any question that Trump’s popularity depends, in large measure, on the radicalism of a Democratic Party that responds to news of illegal immigrant crime by decrying the inhumane treatment of illegal immigrants?