While the president did not declare a national emergency, he did continue the White House's inaccurate rhetoric on the dangers of illegal immigrants.
The greatest fear of many Americans did not occur when President Trump addressed the nation on Tuesday night to talk about border security, the government shutdown and his coveted wall, but his speech still left many in Hollywood angry.
Trump spoke for approximately ten minutes wherein he continued the White House's rhetoric against illegal immigrants and blamed the Democrats for the ongoing government shutdown.
Calling it a humanitarian crisis, Trump cited "thousands of deaths" at the hands of criminal gangs and "vast quantities" of drugs streaming across the southern border. Several websites and news outlets, including Fox News, did some quick fact-checking on Trump's claims and found many falsehoods among them.
Shepard Smith of Fox News immediately jumped on the air to debunk some of the president's claims. Trump said that Americans are being "horribly victimized" by immigrants, to which Shepard countered, "The government’s statistics show that there is less violent crime by the undocumented immigrant population than by the general population."
As for his claims of mass quantities of drugs crossing the border, Shepard said, "Government statistics show much of the heroin actually comes not over the unguarded border but through ports of call."
He also countered the president by pointing out that the number of undocumented immigrants crossing the border has been steadily decreasing over the last decade and "the government reports that there is more outward traffic than inward traffic."
And then, it was revealed that Trump had sent out emails to his supporters shortly before his address asking them for donations to help fund border security, as reported by Vox, which further muddied the waters.
All of this only further fueled the vitriol coming from Hollywood, which continues to fly unabated across the country and into the White House so Trump can grind it up and turn it into Twitter fuel for his next tweetstorm.
trump HAD 2 YRS 2 LIE WOLF, ALL BRANCHES Of GOV,&— Cher (@cher) January 9, 2019
TOTAL CORRUPT POWER☠️
WHERE WAS HIS CRISIS THEN.
WHAT HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IS HE SPEAKING OF,THE ONE WHERE HE RIPPED BABIES FROM MOMS ARMS,&⛓THEM,OR WHERE HIS ADMINISTRATION KILLED 2
7YRS OLD‼️HE HAS NO❤️ #ShutdownStories
FACT: Immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than native-born Americans.— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) January 9, 2019
Trump, live now, railing against immigrants while sitting beside the photo of his immigrant mother. Shame. pic.twitter.com/Oly64Zy2bF— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 9, 2019
I thought Trump said Mexico was going to pay for the wall/fence? https://t.co/XPNYdck8Hn— OMAROSA (@OMAROSA) January 9, 2019
Is this buck-passing, malevolent, empty fat suit really trying to paint himself as empathetic?— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) January 9, 2019
The Trump Campaign sent an email to his lemmings saying they NEEDED 500k by 9pm tonight. You know who REALLY needs money by tonight? The 800K government workers whose pay is being held hostage by a 70-something TODDLER throwing a racist tantrum.— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) January 9, 2019
I was wondering what the real reason was for the #TrumpAddress. @Lawrence just revealed: Right after his speech Trump sent out a letter asking his base to donate ASAP to “Build The Wall”, but in fine print the money goes to Trump’s Re-election Campaign.— Frances Fisher (@Frances_Fisher) January 9, 2019
Lying to his own base.
Straight lies from the Oval are nothing new. What is new is that @realdonaldtrump is losing base support, and fast, as his failures pile up. @speakerpelosi and @senschumer spoke truth to faux power as they pulled at the threads of an unraveling administration.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) January 9, 2019
Given the President’s deep concern about public safety and the desire to protect its citizens from violence, I look forward to his nationally televised speech declaring something must be done about mass shootings in our country.— Josh Gad (@joshgad) January 9, 2019
This entire Trump speech has the cadence of a Wheel Of Fortune contestant solving the puzzle.— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) January 9, 2019
Don’t watch it.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) January 9, 2019
#munchausensbyproxy We’re living it every day. It might be called something else; a person holds an entire nation hostage so that they will pay attention to him. What is that called?? Anyone??— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) January 9, 2019
Trump was grooming hard tonight. Hitler-Ian rhetoric. Wake up. Fight back or sit down Democrats— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) January 9, 2019
The President seems terrified— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) January 9, 2019
I am not afraid of brown people trying to find a better life for their families.— Christopher Titus (@TitusNation) January 9, 2019
I’ll get mine, and if any of you think that some poor person who had to WALK across a continent can take your job?Then you fucked up.
As Trump spouts off with his BS...a reminder of when he had this conversation about the wall with the then President of Mexico. We know what was said thanks to leaked transcripts published in the Washington Post. https://t.co/6heXOac0YU pic.twitter.com/GmzGh8qvgv— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) January 9, 2019
I may not always agree with him, but I have to admit that nobody slurs his lies better than Trump.— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) January 9, 2019
I’m not watching how’s the stunted reading and nose breathing— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) January 9, 2019
Donald:— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) January 9, 2019
Only of these two things is actually getting built, brick by brick:
1) your damned border wall, or
2) Mueller's case against you.
Guess which it is? 🤣🤣🤣
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