Kate Steinle’s brother is accusing Donald Trump of sensationalizing her death as part of his platform in his political campaign when it comes to illegal immigration. The woman was killed by 45-year-old Juan Francsico Lopez-Sanchez, a Mexican national charged in her death. Due to San Francisco’s sanctuary policy, it prevented officials from deporting the accused murderer.
Brad Steinle told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday that it upsets him how Trump is using his sister’s death in his platform on immigration policies.
“Donald Trump talks about Kate Steinle like he knows her. I’ve never heard a word from his campaign manager, never heard a word from him. It is disconcerting.”
Brad Steinle and his parents have spoken with Bill O’Reilly on the Fox News channel, and are supportive of a law named after Kate — “Kate’s Law” — that is being pushed by O’Reilly.
Kate Steinle’s brother is against Trump for his tactics.
“I don’t want to be affiliated with somebody that … doesn’t have the common courtesy to reach out and ask about Kate and ask about our political views and what we want.”
Steinle told Cooper in his interview on Tuesday that Trump’s platform “isn’t exactly what our family believes in.”
Steinle says Trump is using his sister’s name for his own political gain and nothing more. He says that “sensationalizing it is not the route we would like to go.”
The one thing that Kate Steinle’s brother wants Trump to do is ask before using his sister’s name in a political campaign. He views it as insensitive and callous on the GOP candidate’s part. The billionaire has received support from other family members of victims killed by illegal immigrants, however.
Brad Steinle appeared on Fox News’ The Kelly File on Monday and said President Barack Obama hasn’t reached out to his family, either.
Steinle reveals that he’s not a very political person, but told Megyn Kelly that “there’s nobody who could look me in the eye and tell me that that man had any right to be walking free in the city of San Francisco with the ability to shoot my sister Kate.”
Steinle blasts San Francisco’s sanctuary city policy by saying it “essentially rolled out the red carpet for a convicted felon.”
Bill O’Reilly’s petition for “Kate’s Law” would impose a 5-year federal prison sentence on illegal immigrants who are deported and then re-enter the U.S. illegally.
Do you agree with Kate Steinle’s brother in his view of Trump using his sister’s name during the GOP presidential campaign?
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