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Prove It All The Rest Of Her Life

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I only wish I was confident that her assumption was accurate:

On Sunday evening, news broke that Kirstjen Nielsen was leaving her job as head of the Department of Homeland Security. The New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted that according to people close to Nielsen, one reason she hung on as long as she did was because “she was aware how awful life would/will be for her on the outside,” given her role in defending Donald Trump’s policies.

Let’s make it so.

Nielsen did not create Trump’s monstrous policy of separating migrant families, but she should be known forever as the person who carried it out. She put babies in cages, traumatized children for life, and then appears to have lied to Congress about what she had done. She did this evil work with either blithe incompetence or malicious sloppiness, failing to create a system to properly track kids who were ripped from their families. On Friday, the Trump administration said it could take up to two years to identify thousands of separated migrant children.

I assume she’ll land a very nice no-work job at Heritage or something, accompanied by a hail of Bari Weiss and Conor Friedersdorf columns about how if a fascist can’t get the sinceure of her choice the First Amendment and Civility Itself are dead.

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