I don't know who needs to hear this today, but if you don't know what a "coyote" is, you shouldn't even be discussing the issue of immigration, let alone criticizing Trump for his policies.
In fact, you should probably just sit down and be quiet. Maybe learn to tie your own shoes first.
During Thursday night’s debate, President Donald Trump referred to “coyotes,” a commonly used term for the human traffickers who ferry people across into the United States illegally, as one of the many reasons why a child might be separated from an adult at the border, rightly explaining that just because a child crosses the border with an adult, that doesn't automatically mean that adult is the child's parent.
The word “coyote” isn’t just an immigration term – it’s a very commonly used one. Referenced often from news reports and articles to TV shows and movies, the word "coyotes" a popular slang term for smugglers, and one that anyone with an opinion on immigration should know by default.
But given that may leftists have the collective wattage of a Zippo lighter, social media lit up like a Christmas tree after Trump made the reference, sparking mockery and indignation from anti-Trumpers who apparently thought the president was referring to an actual coyote – as in, the animal – bringing children across the border.
Here’s just a small sampling of all the blue check marks who legitimately accused the president of saying a medium-sized wild dog is routinely dragging Central American kids by the shirt collars into Texas.
This "journalist" at a "progressive media company."
Did Trump just say children were brought to the border by coyotes? #Debates2020— Jordan (@JordanChariton) October 23, 2020
This weekend sports anchor and supposed news journalist in Georgia.
Coyotes?!— Lyndsey Gough (@LGonTV) October 23, 2020
This honest-to-God corporate attorney who's also somehow got elected as a Georgia state rep.
Did @realDonaldTrump just say 545 kids they can't find their parents for came over through "cartels and coyotes"?! How the hell does a coyote bring a whole human across the border?! Lord-----stop talking. #FinalDebate— Dar'shun Kendrick (@DarshunKendrick) October 23, 2020
This supposed news veteran who writes for the Houston Chronicle.
Former Cleveland Browns player Eric Metcalf.
Kids came over on coyotes to America!?! Am I missing something?— Eric Metcalf (@EricMetcalf21) October 23, 2020
"Moana" star Auli'i Crevalho.
children are brought here by coyotes?— Auli'i Cravalho (@auliicravalho) October 23, 2020
Anti-gun activist David Hogg, who still doesn't know what he's talking about and thinks "coyotes" are just parents bringing their kids across the border.
Imagine calling the immigrant parents that bring their children to the United States for a better life “Coyotes”— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) October 23, 2020
The level of xenophobia is sickening.
Unfortunately, these are just a few examples - and there are hundreds.
Tonight on blue checkmark twitter, they don’t know what coyotes are.— Sophia Narwitz (@SophNar0747) October 23, 2020
(This isn’t even half of all I found 🥴) pic.twitter.com/Jsh57jSBb1
These are the folks trying to convince you that Trump is dumber than a sack of potatoes.