Driving  street Trump team regroups after supporter shouts ‘shoot’ migrants at border


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The Trump campaign worked into the night on Wednesday trying to clean up the president’s reaction to a supporter who shouted immigrants crossing into the U.S. should be shot.

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PresidentDonald Trumpwas on a riff about border control agents working to prevent migrants from crossing the border while speaking at his Wednesday night rally inPanama City Beach, Fla.

driving  street PHOTO: President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally at Aaron Bessant Amphitheater, May 8, 2019, in Panama City Beach, Fla.
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President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally at Aaron Bessant Amphitheater, May 8, 2019, in Panama City Beach, Fla.

“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. But how do you stop these people?” the president said.

As the president posed that question — a rally attendee in the crowd shouted: “shoot them.”

“They screamed shoot em’ … They were referring to the immigrants.”

One Trump supporter tells me she heard someone in the crowd shout “shoot em’”.

She added, the President responded directly after: “only in the panhandle”https://t.co/IpsopXrh1vpic.twitter.com/6MStwnAJcb

— Rachel Scott (@rachelvscott)May 9, 2019

The president paused and instead of condemning the remark he said: “That’s only in the panhandle, can you get away with that statement.”

The crowd erupted in cheers and laughter — after another brief pause, Trump repeated: “Only in the panhandle.”

driving  street PHOTO: Rally attendees wait for the arrival of President Donald Trump during a Make America Great Again rally at Aaron Bessant Amphitheater in Panama City Beach, Fla., May 8, 2019.
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Rally attendees wait for the arrival of President Donald Trump during a Make America Great Again rally at Aaron Bessant Amphitheater in Panama City Beach, Fla., May 8, 2019.

Trump asks Florida rally crowd: “How do you stop these people” from crossing the border?

“Shoot them!” a rally attendee shouts out.

Trump: “That’s only in the panhandle you can get away with that stuff. Only in the panhandle.”

— Will Steakin (@wsteaks)May 9, 2019

In the aftermath of the president’s response to the rally attendee’s inflammatory outburst, the Trump campaign has worked to turn the conversation on Twitter and shift the focus to the president’s statement denouncing the use of weapons by border agents.

The campaign’sDeputy Director of Communication and Rapid Response Matt Wolking replied to a number of Twitter users discussing the incident, sending a transcript that excludes part of the president’s reaction to the outburst. He tweeted that Trump said he “would never let” border security use weapons like “other countries do.”

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