Trump criticized Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as “weak on immigration” and warned if she became president we would “have a crime wave like you’ve never seen before.”
“Hillary is weak on immigration,” Trump said. “I may be divisive on immigration, but she’s weak on immigration, which is far worse. Hillary would let everybody come in. Killers, criminals, drug dealers, everybody. If you listen to Hillary, everybody is going to be flowing through the nation. They are sort of now anyway. But if you listen to Hillary, she is so weak on immigration, we will have a crime wave like you’ve never seen before.”
This led to a combative back and forth between Trump and NBC’s Katy Tur on crime by illegal immigrants:
TUR: Immigration is down. Why is this such a big topic for you right now?
TRUMP: Immigration is a very big topic. Take a look at all the crime that’s being committed. Ho take a look.
TUR: The research says the crime does not match what you’re saying.
TRUMP: Don’t be naive. You’re a very naive person.
[Editor’s note: Tur found herself stuck trying to put together a follow-up question prompting Trump to admonish her.]
TRUMP: Come on, try getting it outI don’t know if you’re going to put this on television but you don’t even know what you’re talking about. Try getting it out, go ahead.
TUR: Immigrants commit less crime than U.S.-born citizens.
TRUMP: Number one, I disagree with it. Number two, whether it’s true or not, illegal immigrants, I’m talking about illegal immigrants, I’m not talking about immigrants. I’m an immigrant, you’re an immigrant, we’re all immigrants.
TUR: Illegal immigrants commit less crime.