'Very Disrespectful': Parents of MS-13 Victim Slam Dems for Sitting Through SOTU Appearance
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The parents of a teenager killed by MS-13 gang members hit out at the Democrats who declined to stand and applaud when President Trump honored them at Tuesday's State of the Union address.
Elizabeth Alvarado and Robert Mickens' daughter, 15-year-old Nisa Mickens, was brutally murdered in Brentwood, N.Y., in September 2016. Mickens was murdered along with her friend, 16-year-old Kayla Cuevas, whose parents were also in attendance.
The girls were targeted with machetes and baseball bats after Cuevas and some of her friends got into a dispute with MS-13 members. Police said Mickens was in the wrong place at the wrong time.Article continues below
"We cannot imagine the depth of your sorrow, but we can make sure that other families never have to endure this pain," Trump said in his speech.
Elizabeth Alvarado and Robert Mickens joined Laura Ingraham on Wednesday, saying they were shocked to be invited to the speech and be able to meet privately with President Trump beforehand.
"It was an honor to see him. He's very genuine," said Alvarado, explaining that she gave Trump a commemorative pin with her daughter's name on it.
Mickens said it was "very disrespectful" to see some Democrats, especially the African-American members, not standing for the emotional moment honoring the girls' memories.
"It's not right. Regardless of how they feel about the president, they should show the respect. I would show them respect if it was their loved one," said Mickens.
They also responded to MSNBC's Joy Reid for downplaying the threat of MS-13 after the speech, intimating that it's only an issue among people who watch Fox News.
"I have no words," said Alvarado.
"Something needs to be done. ... It's enough. How much more blood do we have to shed?" she asked.
Liberals criticized Trump for mentioning MS-13, claiming he was trying to use the violent transnational gang to demonize illegal immigrants.
Watch the powerful interview above.