President Trump breaks his silence over Mollie Tibbetts' death
On July 18, a student named Mollie Tibbetts disappeared in Brooklyn, Iowa. Her family reported her missing the following day.
Her body was found on Tuesday and an illegal immigrant was charged for her murder. During a rally that same day, President Trump used the murder as an example as to why the US needs stricter immigration laws.
She was last seen jogging around a neighborhood in Brooklyn. Christian Bahena Rivera, 24, followed Tibbetts and said he blacked out after she pulled out her cell phone and threatened to call the police.
Police found Rivera and charged him after using Tibbetts' fitness band and digital footprint. He was believed to have been living in the US illegally for 4 to 7 years.
For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. The victim’s body was found early Tuesday morning.
On the same day, President Donald Trump, a Republican, held a rally in West Virginia where he referenced her death. He said her death “should’ve never happened.”
He started his speech by saying:
“You heard about today, with the illegal alien coming in from, very sadly, from Mexico. And you saw what happened to that incredible, beautiful young woman.”
“The laws are so bad,” the President continued, “The immigration laws are such a disgrace."
The loss of Mollie Tibbetts is a devastating reminder that we must urgently fix our broken immigration laws. pic.twitter.com/0Kaz0FQw36— The White House 45 Archived (@WhiteHouse45) August 22, 2018
The White House reiterated the President’s comments in a Twitter post.
Trump stated at the rally that "a vote for any Democrat in November is a vote to eliminate immigration enforcement" and allow "violent criminals to be all over our communities."
Share this photo. Not his. Share her story. Not his. He doesn’t deserve to be seen. She does. Her life was important and he took it from her. It wasn’t his to decide! Justice for Mollie Tibbetts. Don’t forget her face because his is being shown. Her story isn’t over. pic.twitter.com/e8xEMsOore— LM (@iahawkeye7777) August 22, 2018
The President has maintained that immigration from Mexico needed to be dealt with. He’s consistently advocated for a border wall to separate the two countries.
He mentioned the wall at his rally which prompted the crowd to chant: “Build that wall.”
“The killing of Mollie Tibbetts was sick, tragic, and infuriating, without doubt. But she wasn’t killed by a man who did it because he was Hispanic, or because he came here illegally. He did it because he’s a murderer. Nothing more, nothing less.” 🙌🏻— claire stinson (@clairestinson) August 22, 2018
Trump repeated what Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds said in a statement earlier in the day when she called the US immigration system “broken.”
Its very sad what happened to Mollie Tibbetts, but I'm still against building the wall, it is not the solution.— gk707 (@gklemen707) August 22, 2018
He also stated that voters need to elect more Republicans in November’s midterm elections to prevent Democrats from opening the borders to let in “massive” crime.
"This is an outrage, a preventable crime that should've never happened."— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 22, 2018
Agnes Gibboney, whose son was killed by an illegal immigrant, comments on the death of Mollie Tibbetts. @foxnewsnight https://t.co/Oz0U9BxZiB pic.twitter.com/Sq5pvwG2vw
Despite his statements, statistics show that immigrants, legal and otherwise, commit fewer crimes than native-born citizens.
Investigators in Poweshiek County have charged Rivera with first-degree murder for Tibbetts’ death. He’s being held on a $1 million bond.