This just keeps happening, doesn’t it? The left-wing media gets all up in arms about something Trump’s Border Patrol is doing to those poor, downtrodden migrants, makes a big thing about it, finds some photograph that neatly encapsulates the narrative…and then hides their heads in the sand when it turns out that the Obama administration did the exact same thing. Not because they’re ashamed of having made an honest mistake, mind you, but because none of this has a thing to do with facts or honesty or news in the first place. It is ONLY about driving ratings, building a narrative, and doing everything possible to destroy the man that defeated Hillary Clinton in 2016.
And for those purposes, the truth hardly matters.
So yes, it turns out that Border Patrol made use of tear gas as a deterrent approximately once a month back in the halcyon days of the Obama presidency. They’ve used it since 2010. Right around the time of Obama’s re-election, in 2012, they used it no less than 26 times in a single year. The year after that? 27 times. Even during 2016, they used a tear gas agent three times to control migrants trying to scale the fences.
We don’t recall a single New York Times story weeping about the fate of innocent women and children after any of those incidents, do you?
We don’t recall any Democrat senators questioning whether or not President Obama was violating international treaties on chemical weapons after any of these deployments.
We don’t recall Dianne Feinstein lambasting Obama’s border security officials for implementing “horrifying” tactics that went against “what America should be.”
Thankfully, we have a president who refuses to throw his law enforcement officials under the bus, even in the wake of a hysterical media outcry. Asked by a reporter Monday night what he thought about “the images of women and children running,” Trump was utterly unapologetic.
“I say, why are they there?” he replied. “First of all, the tear gas is a very minor form of the tear gas itself. It’s very safe. The ones that were suffering to a certain extent were the ones putting it out there but it’s very safe. But you really say, why is a parent running up into an area where they know the tear gas is forming and it’s going to be formed and they’re running up with a child?
“In some cases,” he continued, “they’re not the parents. These are people, they call them grabbers. They grab a child because they think they’ll have a certain status by having a child. You know, you have certain advantages in terms of our crazy laws that, frankly, Congress should be changing.”
This is the perfect response to this nonsense. Trump campaigned on building a wall across the border, and politicians on both sides of the aisle have fought against that wall from the moment he took office. Have fought against EVERY get-tough immigration plan Trump has proposed. And so, when the U.S. lets its guard down, this is the kind of thing that winds up happening. If our elected officials had gotten on board with the MAGA plan that America voted for, we wouldn’t have caravans arriving at the border in the first place. We wouldn’t have detention camps filled with illegal immigrant families. We wouldn’t have to deploy tear gas.
Sadly, though, as long as the Democrats can use these narratives for their own benefit (or, at least, believe that they can), they’ll be in no hurry to do anything that might actually fix the problem.