"In February, Trump referred to certain immigrants as “animals” who want people to suffer, and he accused Democrats of wanting to protect murderers. “I can’t get the Democrats ― and nobody has been able to for years ― to approve common-sense measures that, when we catch these animal killers, we can lock them up and throw away the keys.”
i'm not sure that this entirely accurate, when you actually read the number of times trump has referred to humans as animals. but I don't care about that argument. I think what is more important to understand is who these comments are meant to appeal to, who includes white nationalists and scared white people. if you want to compartmentalize it and make it about the gang, that's fine, but the vast majority of the people that these comments are meant for don't live anywhere near this gang, and the violence has been sensationalized.
Ok but not necessarily about immigration since many MS-13 in the US are citizens and home-grown and can't be deported...just like a lot of gangs in the US. in fact, more and more, MS-13 recruits US citizens so they can't be deported.