Sarah Palin on Steinle death: Illegal alien has ‘more rights, grace and favor’ than victim and family

Former Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, is as disgusted with the acquittal of the illegal immigrant who killed Kate Steinle as many Americans.

Palin slammed the verdict by a California jury, saying in a tweet Thursday that felon Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was given “more rights, grace and favor” than his victim and her family.

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The 45-year-old illegal immigrant had been deported five times and was released from jail just a few months before he shot and killed 32-year-old Steinle in the sanctuary city of San Francisco in 2015. Zarate was acquitted of homicide in a San Francisco criminal court on Thursday, with the jury finding him not guilty of first or second-degree murder or even assault with a firearm, opting instead to convict him of being a felon with a firearm.

The shooting sparked a national debate over illegal immigration and sanctuary cities and played a major part in President Donald Trump’s election campaign. Trump slammed the verdict as “disgraceful” in a tweet Thursday.

“No wonder the people of our Country are so angry with Illegal Immigration,” he said.

Conservative columnist and New York Times best-selling author, Ann Coulter, had declared that Steinle “would still be alive if we had a wall” between the U.S. and Mexico in a series of tweets reacting to the jury’s decision Thursday.

Palin’s denouncement of the verdict was echoed by other lawmakers who shared the former Republican vice presidential candidate’s sentiments.

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