He was addressing a crowd of supporters in Florida this week when he broached the subject.
“And don’t forget, we don’t let them and we can’t let then use weapons,” Trump said in a reference to border security. “We can’t. Other countries do. We can’t. I would never do that. But how do you stop these people? You can’t.”
One attendee had an idea.
“Shoot them!” a supporter reportedly shouted.
President Trump is taking some criticism for laughing when an audience member at his Florida rally on Wednesday shouted 'shoot them' after Trump talked about how to stop the flow of illegal immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. pic.twitter.com/9JBSUrfezI
— FOX 10 Phoenix (@FOX10Phoenix) May 9, 2019
While others in the audience applauded the suggestion, Trump reportedly shook his head before responding.
“That’s only in the Panhandle you can get away with that statement,” he said. “Only in the Panhandle.”