When reporters asked President Trump what he thought of the images of “women and children” fleeing the tear gas at the border on Monday, he answered with the unapologetic tone that made so many conservatives fall in love with him in the first place. Whereas any other president – Republican or Democrat – would have played right into the media’s hands, Trump used the opportunity to point out that not all of these caravan migrants were as innocent and helpless as they might seem on the front page of the New York Times.
“In some cases, you know, they’re not the parents,” he said. “These are people – they call them grabbers. They grab a child because they think they’ll have a certain status by having a child. I can say that all over the border you have a lot of grabbers, you have a lot of people that grab children and they have no idea who these children are. They’re not parents. They have no idea. And frankly, to release the children to these people is a disaster.”
Trump said that the first thing that occurred to him when he saw the images was: Why would any parent actually put their child in that kind of situation?
“When you know there’s going to be potential violence, you know there’s going to be tear gas or something, you don’t take your child and bring them there,” he said.
But you know, that only makes sense to…literally every parent in the Western Hemisphere. It doesn’t make sense to people like Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), who accused the president of “causing” these children to face tear gas and other nasty surprises at the border. In an interview with CNN, Cardin said that Trump was to blame for causing “anxiety” at the border with his policies.
“President Trump has argued that our immigration system needs to be fixed, yet, for the last two years, under his presidency, controlling both the House and the Senate, the Republicans, they have not taken any action to improve our immigration system,” Cardin whined. “Instead, they put all their weight behind building a $28 billion wall that the experts tell us will do very little to protect our security at the border.”
Gee, we’re not “experts,” but it really seems as though that $28 billion wall would have done a lot to avoid the situation at the border this weekend. Not only would it have left the Border Patrol with no reason to bother with tear gas, it would have probably deterred most of these migrants from ever making the trek in the first place. Seeing as how, you know, nearly none of them have a legitimate claim to asylum.
“So you have people who are fleeing horrible circumstances in their own country – they have legitimate concerns about their safety,” Cardin continued. “They want to seek asylum in the United States. There’s a process that needs to be followed for that. The Trump administration is not following those guidelines. So, they’re making the circumstances worse, and here we look at children being subjected to tear gas. That’s the United States causing that. That’s outrageous.”
Well, all we can say is, good luck selling that one to the American people. We don’t think it’s going to fly, no matter how many “heartwrenching” pictures the media puts on the air.