GOP silence speaks more volumes than Trump’s attempts to claim his “going to zero tolerance” was somehow because of a Democratic Congressional minority. And even the few moderate members of the GOP are cowed:
Susan Collins is the most "moderate" Republican Senator. She is defending the Sessions policy in private!!! We need to vote them ALL out.
— Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) June 16, 2018
Remember this is also a diversion from the Mueller investigation closing in on Lord Dampnut and his pardon mania. It’s now more important given his failures at what was more of a PR exercise at the Singapore summit.
White House adviser Stephen Miller was the driving force behind President Trump’s decision to enforce the family separation policy at U.S. borders, according to The New York Times. Unlike Trump, who has publicly claimed to hate the practice, Miller told the Times it was a “simple decision.” “No nation can have the policy that whole classes of people are immune from immigration law or enforcement. … The message is that no one is exempt from immigration law,” he was quoted as saying. The immigration hardliner had argued in recent months for “zero tolerance” policies and a new way to end the common practice of “catch and release,” which allowed illegal immigrants to be released into the country while their cases were being processed. Miller also reportedly pushed Trump and other White House officials to begin using deterrence policies, and after border numbers spiked in April, he was said to have been instrumental in convincing Trump to resort to the “nuclear option” now so widely being condemned as inhumane.
Understanding the WH makes more sense as Mueller’s approach has identified organized crime markers used in #TrumpRussia with money laundering, hush money, bust-out frauds, extortion, shakedowns, and even hostage-taking.
Trump has talked multiple times about exoneration, most recently this week, as if he’s trying to get ahead of the ever-increasing indictments because he’s talking like someone who’s not guilty?
“But Mr. Trump has steadfastly tried to deflect blame for the separation of children from their parents … His comments are the latest example of his asking the public to discount what it sees with its own eyes and instead believe his own self-serving version of reality.” https://t.co/rMyKdHm0Sv
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) June 17, 2018
The president and the GOP are currently using 2000 children, stolen from their parents, as leverage for a bill to make asylum harder and reduce levels of legal immigration.
Literal children hostages.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) June 15, 2018
Employee quits job at for-profit child prison camp after being told to order three siblings not to hug each other.
“[they were] huddled together, tears streaming down their faces”https://t.co/WHBQ2LVwdD
— Matt Bors (@MattBors) June 15, 2018
It was, in fact, the go-to Biblical verse for loyalists to the British Crown who opposed American independence. As the Washington Post’s James Hohmann noted, “Historically, whenever a politician has cited Romans 13 to justify public policy, they have lost the debate.”
And indeed, Sessions attempt at Bible study landed with a damp, wet sound among religious leaders. As the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Sarah Smith reported, numerous Christians objected to Sessions’ “misuse of Scripture.” As one Southern Baptist pastor, Wes Faulk, told the paper, “Any government that uses Romans 13 to silence ethical objections has already realized it does not stand on Scriptural or moral high grounds.”
When Trump was elected I was worried he'd set America back 50 years. I never imagined he could take us back to Nazi Germany & the Civil War.
— Ryan Knight ???? (@ProudResister) August 19, 2017
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