Trump hits Dems pushing to abolish ICE: 'They're going to get beaten so badly'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska NYT: Trump had 7 million in debt mostly tied to Chicago project forgiven MORE is predicting that Democrats throwing their support behind calls to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will face blowback at the polls.

“Well I hope they keep thinking about it, because they’re going to get beaten so badly,” Trump told Fox News's Maria Bartiromo in an interview excerpt released Saturday.

“You know ICE, these are the guys that go in and take MS-13, and they take them out. Because they’re much tougher than MS-13, like by a factor of 10," Trump said, referring to the international gang.


"And these are the ones — you get rid of ICE, you’re going to have a country that you’re going to be afraid to walk out of your house.”

Calls to abolish ICE had previously been limited to certain groups on the left, but the idea has gained traction among mainstream Democrats in recent days and has quickly become a de facto litmus test of a politician's progressive chops.

The movement comes amid backlash over the administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, with lawmakers pushing for the administration to quickly reunite the thousands of migrant children separated from their parents who face prosecution for illegally crossing the border.

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandInternal Democratic poll: Desiree Tims gains on Mike Turner in Ohio House race Hillicon Valley: Facebook, Twitter's handling of New York Post article raises election night concerns | FCC to move forward with considering order targeting tech's liability shield | YouTube expands polices to tackle QAnon Democrats question Amazon over reported interference of workers' rights to organize MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday became the first senator to call for the scrapping of ICE, on the grounds that it has become “a deportation force.”

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) continued on Friday, saying, “We should abolish ICE.”

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Defense: Dems want hearing on DOD role on coronavirus vaccine | US and India sign data-sharing pact | American citizen kidnapped in Niger Conservative operatives Wohl, Burkman charged in Ohio over false robocalls Senate Democrats want hearing on Pentagon vaccine effort MORE (D-Mass.) joined the chorus of ICE critics on Saturday, calling for "replacing ICE" while slamming the White House’s "ugly" immigration practices.

Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who defeated longtime Democratic Rep. Joseph Crowley (N.Y.) in a stunning primary upset on Tuesday, had made the position of abolishing ICE a staple of her upstart campaign.

Earlier on Saturday morning, Trump addressed growing calls to abolish ICE in a pair of tweets, saying they had “zero chance.”

“The Democrats are making a strong push to abolish ICE, one of the smartest, toughest and most spirited law enforcement groups of men and women that I have ever seen. I have watched ICE liberate towns from the grasp of MS-13 & clean out the toughest of situations. They are great!” he tweeted.

“To the great and brave men and women of ICE, do not worry or lose your spirit.” he wrote in a follow-up tweet.