Reality Check: Zero tolerance for zero tolerance or God wants kids in cages!
The best news of this week is that President Trump finally blinked on his policy of locking up children at the border.
It would be nice to believe the president had a change of heart after seeing the images we’ve all seen of children locked in cages or listened to the first lady’s appeal for compassion.
That would be nice.
But, I think what happened is that Congress was about to take a vote on ending the practice.
And, if there’s one thing worse than admitting a mistake for this president, it’s having Congress fix it, which it was about to do.
Even though this cruel policy is ending, let's not forget the absolute dishonesty this administration used to justify putting kids in cages.
There was the tweet from Homeland Security Chief Kirstjen Nielsen, who insisted, “We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period."
And that, of course, was a lie. Period.
Attorney General Jeff Session’s went biblical to defend the policy, declaring that God must also want to suffer the children.
"Obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes," Sessions said.
This is the same verse Session’s ancestor’s used to justify the law of slavery.
And then there was the president himself, who attempted to deflect responsibility for the policy by seeming to defend it and reject it at the same time.
"The children can be taken care of quickly, beautifully and immediately. The Democrats forced that law upon our nation," Trump said.
The law apparently referred to by the president is the Homeland Security Act of 2002. Republicans ran the Senate at the time and the law did not require the separation of children. Period.
And, zero tolerance was a policy-- not a law. It was Trump’s policy. Claiming his hands were tied was another lie as demonstrated by his decision to end it by executive order. Something he could have done with a simple phone call.
Hats off to Senator Lisa Murkowski, who called on the president to stop blaming others and reunite the families-- or Congress would.
Senator Dan Sullivan stopped short of calling for the president to end the practice but is a cosponsor of legislation that would keep families together at the border.
And Congressman Don Young was missing in action and never personally engaged in the debate, though a spokesman said Young was “sympathetic” to the families.
I think at this point, the president can forget any ambitions he might have had about receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.
In fact, this week the United Nations Office of Human Rights condemned the U.S. for caging the children.
And in response, the president pulled the U.S. out of the U.N. Human Rights Commission.
And that makes sense because if we no longer stand for basic human rights, we should not disgrace an organization that does. Period.
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