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Quick hit: Trump blasts ‘Democrat smears’ and defends ‘brave heroes’ of ICE in tweets

President Donald Trump makes a statement after taking a tour of the border wall prototypes near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego County, Calif., on March 13, 2018. (K.C. Alfred/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)
July 06, 2018

President Donald Trump on Thursday night sent two passionate tweets defending the men and women of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Border Patrol.

“Every day, the brave men and women of ICE are liberating communities from savage gangs like MS-13. We will NOT stand for these vile Democrat smears in law enforcement. We will always stand proudly with the BRAVE HEROES of ICE and BORDER PATROL,” the President wrote.

Trump had previously tweeted: “A vote for Democrats in November is a vote to let MS-13 run wild in our communities, to let drugs pour into our cities, and to take jobs and benefits away from hardworking Americans. Democrats want anarchy, amnesty and chaos – Republicans want LAW, ORDER and JUSTICE.”

Earlier this week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), ICE and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) began a Twitter campaign to share stories of bravery carried out by their employees in an effort to combat counter-attacks from the mainstream media.

There have been recent calls by Democrats to abolish the ICE agency.

New York Democrats Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio were the latest to join the rally against ICE, calling for the agency to be abolished following President Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

DHS had tweeted Monday: “Today, DHS, @CBP, and @ICEgov will be sharing stories of the brave men and women who put their lives on the line every day with the sole objective of protecting our nation. Make sure to follow to see stories that have not been widely reported.”

The tweet received more than 32,000 likes, and was retweeted by President Trump.

All three agencies shared stories all throughout Monday, and each agency retweeted one another’s stories.