Elizabeth Alvarado and Robert Mickens, the parents of a teenage girl murdered by MS-13, were invited by Trump to his State of the Union Address.
MSNBC’s Joy Reid mocked Trump for bringing awareness to the threat MS-13 poses by saying that only Fox News viewers have heard of them.
But Mr. Mickens slammed Democrats regarding their response to Trump’s call-to-action.
Elizabeth Alvarado and Robert Mickens were interviewed recently by Laura Ingraham about what it was like to have Trump console them during his State of the Union.
“Tonight everyone in this Chamber is praying for you. Everyone in America is grieving for you,” Trump said to them. “And 320 million hearts are breaking for you. We cannot imagine the depth of your sorrow, but we can make sure that other families never have to endure this pain.”
Trump shared their story with the nation:
“Here tonight are two fathers and two mothers: Evelyn Rodriguez, Freddy Cuevas, Elizabeth Alvarado, and Robert Mickens,” he said. Their two teenage daughters — Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens — were close friends on Long Island. But in September 2016, on the eve of Nisa’s 16th Birthday, neither of them came home. These two precious girls were brutally murdered while walking together in their hometown. Six members of the savage gang MS-13 have been charged with Kayla and Nisa’s murders. Many of these gang members took advantage of glaring loopholes in our laws to enter the country as unaccompanied alien minors ‑- and wound up in Kayla and Nisa’s high school.”
But Mr. Mickens was struck by the way Democrats reacted to Trump’s statement.
“Well, I thought it was very disrespectful for the simple fact the Democrats who were there that did not stand up, they were African-Americans. So that hurts me a lot to show they did not have the respect or to honor what just happened to our lives and to Americans’ lives. It’s not right, you know. Regardless of how they feel about the president, they should show the respect because I would show them the respect if that was their loved one.”
Many Democrats did not stand up or applaud to honor this family because of pure partisanship.
Of Joy Reid’s comments, Elizabeth Alvarado simply said, “I have no words.”
What are your thoughts on the message Mr. Mickens had for Democrats?
What are your thoughts on Joy Reid downplaying the threat posed by MS-13?
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