Trump: Democratic voters will support Republicans because of ICE criticism

Trump: Democratic voters will support Republicans because of ICE criticism
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President TrumpDonald TrumpWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Poll: 30 percent of GOP voters believe Trump will 'likely' be reinstated this year Black Secret Service agent told Trump it was offensive to hold rally in Tulsa on Juneteenth: report MORE on Monday said some Democratic voters will defect to the Republican Party because of Democrats' growing criticism of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The president has seized on calls from some Democrats, including many said to be eyeing 2020 White House bids, to abolish ICE and restart a similar agency from scratch amid heated pushback to Trump's immigration policies.

Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandGillibrand: Military must make changes beyond sexual assault cases COVID-19 long-haulers press Congress for paid family leave Ocasio-Cortez, Gillibrand and Moulton call for more high-speed rail funding in infrastructure package MORE (D-N.Y.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocrats have turned solidly against gas tax Overnight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 Democratic senators press PhRMA over COVID-19 lobbying efforts  MORE (D-Mass.) have called for ICE to be eliminated, while Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris signals a potential breakthrough in US-Mexico cooperation Watch live: Harris delivers remarks on vaccination efforts Biden signs Juneteenth bill: 'Great nations don't ignore their most painful moments' MORE (D-Calif.) said the agency should be "critically re-examined," and possibly started anew.


Other Democrats have been less committal, saying only that they believe ICE's methods should be examined and that Trump's immigration policies should be undone.

The intense Democratic criticism of ICE comes in the wake of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy, which led to the separation of thousands of migrant children from their parents.

Trump suggested in an interview aired Sunday that the issue will ultimately harm Democrats.

The official White House Twitter account earlier Monday targeted Harris and Warren over their comments about ICE, and accused them of supporting criminals.

Harris hit back, saying she spent much of her career as a prosecutor going after gang members and transnational criminals.

A Quinnipiac University Poll released Monday showed Democrats with a 9-point lead over Republicans in the generic ballot ahead of the November midterms.