More examples of the “there is no policy of child separation also it’s a great policy and if you criticize it you hate all law enforcement officers and OK maybe it’s not great but the Dems are making us do it” three-step from the Secretary of Homeland Security:
Nielsen appeared at the White House press briefing on Monday, falsely blaming Democrats for the current crisis and arguing that the impetus is on Congress to pass a law to close legal loopholes.
“What has changed is that we no longer exempt entire classes of people who break the law,” Nielsen said at one point, even while making a contradictory claim that the administration has not changed its policy and is simply enforcing the current law.
“Here is the bottom line: DHS is no longer ignoring the law,” Nielsen asserted.
As many fact-checkers have found, there is no such law requiring children to be separated from their parents if they illegally cross the border. And Republicans control Congress, not Democrats.
As to why Trump himself won’t immediately reverse the policy — which she continued to deny changed — Nielsen said that the president wants “a long-term fix.” However, later in the briefing press secretary Sarah Sanders wouldn’t say whether any legislation Congress may pass to rectify the situation would have to include full funding for the border wall Trump wants.
Nielsen also said it was “cowardly” of Democrats to claim that children were being used as leverage for the wall.
“The children are not being used as a pawn,” Nielsen said, arguing that it was “smugglers and traffickers” who were using them to try to get into the country illegally. “We are trying to protect the children, which is why I’m asking Congress to act.”
Water is dry. Christian Hackenberg is a better quarterback than Tom Brady. John Roberts is a humble apolitical umpire just calling balls and strikes.
The message is being reinforced, of course, on Tucker Carlson’s White Power and Inadvertent Comedy Hour:
tonight ol' Teleprompt Tuck complained that elites "like to lecture us about the evils of the nuclear family."
1) no one has ever made that complaint
2) this prince of the common men went to St. George's; his dad was ambassador to the Seychelles pic.twitter.com/sQor2M3TRd
— Owen Ellickson (@onlxn) June 19, 2018
And who does Tucker Carlson bring on to talk about family separation? The guy who positively cited the white supremacist propaganda novel Camp of the Saints on Tuckers show several months ago pic.twitter.com/unkinbCYHq
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) June 19, 2018
And of course Stephen Miller wants more ethnic cleansing before the midterms.
all the “how dare you call trump voters racist” takes from 2016 and 2017 have to deal with the fact that the White House itself thinks racism is the best way to activate its voters https://t.co/yGYjWdqHnb
— b-boy bouiebaisse (@jbouie) June 19, 2018
UPDATE: Tucker has to hold Laura’s beer:
Laura Ingraham describes the detention facilities where children are sent after being forcibly separated from their parents as "essentially summer camps." pic.twitter.com/K6ao3lbS6Q
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 19, 2018