Did Donald Trump Propose Feeding Child Migrants to Alligators?

Former President Donald Trump’s stance on immigration has been a central theme in his political career, and it continues to be a significant topic as he explores a potential 2024 White House bid. 

Recent reports suggest that he plans to reintroduce and expand his travel ban and conduct a large-scale domestic deportation operation. 

However, a recent claim involving Trump and the use of alligators on migrant children at the border has stirred controversy and requires a fact-check.

The claim made by MeidasTouch on September 21, 2023, alleges that Trump Proposed Feeding Migrant Children to Alligators in Truth Social Post.

The claim is based on a post on Trump’s Truth Social account, featuring an image of alligators with the caption “NEW BORDER SECURITY WILL WORK FOR FOOD,” accompanied by Trump’s comment, “Problem solved!”

While the post on Truth Social is from Trump’s official account, it does not explicitly state that migrant children should be fed to alligators. 

Furthermore, the command does not appear to be a serious policy proposal. 

It lacks any mention of children, and no other posts around the same time reference them.

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Fact-Checking Trump’s Alligator Border Security Claim

The claim seems to be an inference that if Trump believed alligators could be used as a border security measure, children might be at risk. 

Additionally, the article cites a 2019 post by Trump, back when he was using Twitter, in which he denied claims that he wanted to use alligators to guard the border. 

In the post, Trump wrote, “Now the press is trying to sell that I wanted a Moat stuffed with alligators and snakes, with an electrified fence and sharp spikes on top, at our Southern Border. I may be tough on Border Security, but not that tough.”

The post on Truth Social appears in a meme format, suggesting that it may have been intended as humor or satire. 

In any case, Trump’s comment does not explicitly mention feeding children to alligators.

The claim that Trump proposed feeding migrant children to alligators appears to be based on an inference from a social media post that lacks explicit language about harming children. 

The context of the post, as well as Trump’s previous denial of using alligators for border security, suggests that it may not be a serious policy proposal.

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Source: Newsweek

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