Trump Rages About Kate Steinle Verdict

Trump unsurprisingly threw a hissy fit on Twitter after undocumented immigrant Garcia Zarate was found not guilty in the death of Kate Steinle.

On Thursday, the jury in the case sided with the defense’s argument that the shooting was accidental, bringing the case to a close after over two years of national attention.

When Steinle was killed in 2015, Trump and conservatives across the country seized upon it to push for a wall and tighten immigration laws despite the fact that Steinle’s own family members still support sanctuary cities and hate that Kate’s death is being used as a political prop to push a hateful agenda.

Trump has repeatedly used Kate’s death to push for his border wall and the end of sanctuary for undocumented immigrants, the majority of whom do not commit a crime.

After learning of the verdict, Trump immediately tweeted about it, joining Ann Coulter and other butthurt racist conservatives who think only white people are innocent until proven guilty.

And then he whined some more on Friday.

As usual, Trump is wrong and has some serious learning to do when it comes to the Constitution.

First of all, Politifact has rated claims that Obama oversaw more border patrols and increased border security than any other president as “true.”

Also, President Obama deported more undocumented immigrants than any previous administration.

President Obama did not need an expensive wall to do his job protecting our border. Not that a wall would have helped considering tunnels and boats are a thing.

Trump’s ignorance about the justice system is even more alarming, however.

Trump is complaining because the jury allegedly did not hear about Zarate’s previous history. Of course, it’s possible they already knew since Trump and his supporters went on and on about it during the 2016 campaign.

Regardless, telling the jury about Zarate’s past crimes was irrelevant to the murder charges and would have been prejudicial, thus robbing him of a fair trial that is required by the Constitution.

In short, the jury rightfully only had to consider the current charges. And they found Zarate not guilty of murder and manslaughter after being presented evidence. They did hold him accountable for a gun charge which could carry a three-year prison sentence.

This ignorance of our judicial process makes Trump even more dangerous because if it were up to him, Zarate would not have received a fair trial. And if an undocumented immigrant can be denied a fair trial, so can American citizens. That’s the slippery slope Trump wants to go down.