By J. D. Heyes
In an interview with the media on Tuesday following a meeting at the White House with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, President Donald Trump finally, thankfully, pushed back against the â€œmainstreamâ€ media lie that his administration and, in particular, his outgoing DHS secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen,Â were responsible for â€œcagingâ€ migrant children.
POTUS told assembled media as the subject wavered, expectedly, into his immigration policies and Nielsenâ€™s departure:
Obama separated the children, by the way. Just so you understand, President Obama separated the children. Those cages that were shown? I think they were very inappropriate. They were built by President Obamaâ€™s administration, not by Trump. President Obama had child separation. Take a look.Â
The press knows it, you know it, we all know it. Iâ€™m the one that stopped it. President Obama had child separation. Now, Iâ€™ll tell you something. Once you donâ€™t have it, thatâ€™s why you see many more people coming. Theyâ€™re coming like itâ€™s a picnic because letâ€™s go to Disneyland. We are not looking to do it. But President Obama had the law. We changed the law.
Thatâ€™s absolutely true.Â
And whatâ€™s also true, absolutely, is that the media all know it.Â CNNÂ even did a piece in 2014Â showingÂ migrant children being housed in literal cages, as the following screenshot above proves.
Now, to be fair, Obamaâ€™s administration didnâ€™t have much choice, either. The â€˜cagingâ€™ of children came in response to an influx of illegal aliens at our southwest border much like the migrant invasion POTUS Trumpâ€™s administration is now dealing with. Children were put in separate facilities as required by law thanks to a Ninth Circuit court decision in the late 1990s known as the â€œFlores settlement,â€ which was also supported by that bastion of Left-wing legal groups, the ACLU.
But it was a horrific thing to have to do. And it did occur during Obamaâ€™s watch â€” not Trumpâ€™s.
After the presidentâ€™s very public reminder Tuesday that opponents of child caging should be directing their angst at his predecessor instead of him,Â CNNÂ dutifully responded to an attack on their hero by claiming, unbelievably (unless youâ€™re a drone) that Obama did it because heâ€™s a compassionate guy who only sought â€œprotectionâ€ for migrant kids,Â Zero Hedge noted.
After playing the clip of POTUS Trump pointing the child caging finger at Obama,Â CNNÂ host Wolf Blitzer said, â€œThe President, in the Oval Office with the EgyptianÂ President,Â he deniedÂ CNNâ€™s reporting and other reporting that he is thinking of reinstating zero-tolerance family separationÂ policy.Â He repeated this accusation against President Obama. [â€¦] [Trump] stopped it after he authorized the zero-tolerance policy.â€
National Security Analyst Samantha Vinograd then responded, â€œPresident Obama, when he separated children from their families, Wolf, Â it was for their protection. It was as if there was a risk of trafficking or other kind of harm that might have been incurred. But even if he did do that, why is Donald Trump saying that two wrongs make a right? Again, Obama wasnâ€™t right, but heâ€™s saying that because something is happening under President Obama, heâ€™s repeating it and upping the ante. Thatâ€™s an incredibly poor excuse. Heâ€™s systemized that inhumane treatment that, again,Â Obama was doing to protect children.â€
Whatâ€™s an â€œincredibly poor excuseâ€ for a â€œnewsâ€ network isÂ CNN, whose crackpot â€˜analystsâ€™ and guests constantly go out of their way to legitimize any and all of Obamaâ€™s policies as well as those of his fellow Democrats but attack everything Trump and his administration do as nefarious, improper, or even illegal.
The facts are about as clear as they can get: The caging of children happened on Obamaâ€™s watch, and there is zero evidence to support Vinogradâ€™s ridiculous assertion that the caging was done to â€œprotectâ€ them.Â
Obama separation comments come around 3:10: