MSNBC Rips Trump’s Invocation of MS-13 at State of the Union

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MSNBC was not on board with President Donald Trump's targeting of MS-13 in his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Dismissed by Joy Reid as a group only people who watch Fox News has ever heard of, MS-13 is a violent, trans-national gang which has more than 10,000 members across the U.S., according to government estimations.

"Tonight, I am calling on the Congress to finally close the deadly loopholes that have allowed MS-13 and other criminal gangs to break into our country," Trump said.

The Justice Department has made targeting MS-13 members a priority during the Trump administration, although critics say Trump's invoking of the gang serves to bolster its recruiting.

Eugene Robinson said it was a "bit much," and Chris Matthews called it "ugly" and "nasty," with others saying it was discussed by Trump to draw a parallel between "Dreamers" and gangsters.

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