President Donald Trump used the death of Mollie Tibbetts to attack Democrats during an Ohio Republican State Party fundraiser in Columbus, Ohio.
Trump first bragged that the Republican party “stands strongly behind ICE,” which has missed multiple court deadlines to reunite imprioned immigrant children with their parents.
Trump then pretended that he knew Tibbetts:
Everybody loved her. Everybody that met her loved her. And the father was saying she’s coming back, she’s coming back… This went on for a long time.
When they found out that it was this horrible, illegal immigrant that viciously killed her, all of a sudden that story went down.
They didn’t want to cover it the way it should have been covered. But what happened to Mollie was a disgrace. Our hearts go out. We mourn for Mollie’s family.
The Tibbetts family has said publicly they do not want her death politicized, noted CNN, but Trump continued to exploit her death, which brought applause from the Republicans in attendance:
Democrat immigration policies are destroying innocent lives and spilling very innocent blood. We believe that any party that puts criminal aliens before American citizens should be voted out of office, not into office.