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Trump calls acquittal of Mexican man a ‘travesty of justice’

President Donald Trump.
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President Donald Trump.

President Donald J. Trump Friday linked the Democratic party to the acquittal of a Mexican man who had been charged with murder for fatally shooting a woman on the San Francisco pier, a verdict he described as “travesty of justice.”

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was found not guilty by a jury on Thursday for shooting Kate Steinle to death in 2015, a shooting that he admitted doing but contended it was an accident. He had been deported five times and was facing a sixth deportation when Steinle was killed.

“The Kate Steinle killer came back and back over the weakly protected Obama border, always committing crimes and being violent, and yet this info was not used in court,’’ Trump tweeted Friday. “His exoneration is a complete travesty of justice. BUILD THE WALL!”

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Trump asserted in a tweet that jurors never learned about Zarate’s criminal history and drew a connection to top congressional Democrats, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer.

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“The jury was not told the killer of Kate was a 7 time felon,’’ he tweeted. “The Schumer/Pelosi Democrats are so weak on Crime that they will pay a big price in the 2018 and 2020 Elections.”

Since her death, Trump has argued that Steinle’s death symbolizes the failure of federal immigration policy and the need to construct a physical barrier between the US and Mexico.

Zarate is facing deportation.

John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.