After announcing his assault on the asylum system, Trump ratcheted up his rhetoric even further, essentially giving federal agents—to say nothing of the 7,000 troops dispatched to the border—free rein to shoot at “anybody throwing stones, rocks.”

“We will consider that a firearm,” Trump stated.

His nudge-nudge-wink-wink tacit green light comes less than a week after Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told Fox News she had no intention of authorizing border patrol agents to shoot at migrants—although, she added, agents “do have the ability of course to defend themselves.” Which means, yeah, open fire on migrants.


Trump’s press conference is just the latest pre-midterm attempt by the White House to scare the bejeezus out of his Republican base with images of scary immigrants coming to kill their families. Earlier this week, the administration announced that it was sending 5,200 troops to the border, but in an insane interview with ABC News last night, Trump said that number could get to as high as 15,000.