MS-13 is an incredibly violent group that deserves much condemnation. President Trump was justified in calling its members “animals,” believes Caleb Howe of USA Today. The gang engages in extreme and regular violence, beating and hacking its victims to death. It has killed, tortured, raped and dismembered people all across the US. The term "animal" is entirely legitimate in describing the people that act out such horrors. It may be dehumanizing, but such actions warrant that. Media criticism of the president over the use of the word misunderstood that he was talking about gang members, not illegal immigrants.
Donald Trump’s use of the term “animals” when describing illegal immigrants, even violent and criminal ones, goes too far, infers Eugene Scott of The Washington Post. It fits the president’s use of demeaning language when describing entities such as Muslims, Mexicans or African nations, which is not justified. He uses the crimes of some to discredit all illegal immigrants. Furthermore, the use of animal terms to describe certain ethnic groups has a dark past in history, being used for Jews and Africans, which contributed to the bigoted way that some societies saw them. A president shouldn’t use this kind of language.