President Donald Trump authorized shooting tear gas late Sunday afternoon from the U.S. border into Mexico against hundreds of migrants, including pregnant women, and children in diapers. News slowly spread as the Thanksgiving holiday weekend wrapped up and millions were traveling back home, but by Monday morning countless Americans expressed outrage.
Photos from Reuters showing families, mothers, fathers, and even young children and infants fleeing by foot fueled the anger and upset.
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) November 26, 2018
The Dallas Morning News described the scene:
“Children screamed and coughed. Fumes were carried by the wind toward people who were hundreds of feet away.”
“We ran,” a 23-year old Honduran woman told the Associated Press, “but when you run the gas asphyxiates you more.” The AP notes she was “cradling her 3-year-old daughter Valery in her arms.”
A reporter with the UK’s ITV News reports US military helicopters entered Mexico’s airspace during the attack:
Us military helicopters all over Mexican side of border now. Normal protocol bars this. pic.twitter.com/q5mfnmvX1z
— emma murphy (@emmamurphyitv) November 25, 2018
On CNN Monday morning Chief U.S. Border Patrol Agent Rodney Scott defended the use of tear gas by saying agents had to use it to protect themselves after some migrants began throwing rocks at them. When asked if any of the agents had been hurt he admitted they were not.
“You gotta do what you gotta do,” he said on CNN.
The Washington Post reports the outrage appears to be partisan, with Republicans supporting the President’s use of tear gas against defenseless people seeking asylum.
“Unlike the relatively bipartisan criticism of Trump’s now-abandoned ‘family separation’ method of deterring migrants, the initial outrage at the tear gassing of children appeared to come primarily from Democrats and critics of the president.”
Here’s how many responded to Trump’s tear gassing of children.
This is how American media would describe this if this happened in a non western country:
“American security forces under the Trump regime used *chemical weapons* in a cross border operation against unarmed asylum seekers, including children. “
My God. https://t.co/LeIGhJmiPn
— Karen Attiah (@KarenAttiah) November 26, 2018
For I was a stranger & you tear-gassed me
I asked for asylum & you stole my children
I fled violence in my country from your drug war & you called me ‘illegal’
the next time evangelicals vote
they’ll read the Gospels 1st
instead of electing
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) November 25, 2018
Asking to be considered a refugee & applying for status isn’t a crime.
It wasn’t for Jewish families fleeing Germany.
It wasn’t for targeted families fleeing Rwanda.
It wasn’t for communities fleeing war-torn Syria.
And it isn’t for those fleeing violence in Central America. https://t.co/qhv7Rr1itn
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 25, 2018
Anyone uncomfortable with spraying tear gas on children is welcome to join the coalition of the moral and the sane. We can argue about other stuff when we’ve got our country back.
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) November 25, 2018
80 years ago this month the @nytimes reported Jews, on their knees, were turned away by the Netherlands as they begged for refuge.
— Avi Bueno (@AviAhvee) November 25, 2018
The U.S. government deployed tear gas on a #MigrantCaravan, including children, seeking asylum. That is inhumane, depraved and unjust. Step up to stop it, @SpeakerRyan @HouseGOP @HouseDemocrats @NancyPelosi. https://t.co/GSsLs82IZz
— The King Center (@TheKingCenter) November 26, 2018
Someone tweeted at me “what are they supposed to do?” And the answer is “never fire tear gas at children for any reason ever until the end of time.” https://t.co/bTzZtCZJU6
— hend amry (@LibyaLiberty) November 26, 2018
Make no mistake: Trump is testing whether he can get away with things like firing tear gas at young children. He is hoping these images harden his supporters to even worse acts to come. And he is banking on racism to get his way. We must oppose and condemn this. NOW.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 26, 2018
If someone orders you to fire tear gas at children you should resign. You should be willing to be discharged. You should be willing to go to jail.
— David M. Perry (@Lollardfish) November 26, 2018
These children are barefoot. In diapers. Choking on tear gas.
Women and children who left their lives behind — seeking peace and asylum — were met with violence and fear.
That’s not my America. We’re a land of refuge. Of hope. Of freedom.
And we will not stand for this. https://t.co/1APpeHIq6v
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) November 26, 2018
What Trump is doing is illegal:
“Children screamed and coughed in the mayhem of the tear gas. Fumes were carried by the wind toward people who were hundreds of feet away, not attempting to enter the U.S.” https://t.co/hNZAGL7xbD
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) November 26, 2018
We allow students to give the Nazi salute yet punish football players who take a knee. We kidnap and cage children. We condone the torture & murder of journalists. Now we fire tear gas at children with mothers trying to flee rape and murder. Wanna MAGA? Deport the POTUS.
— Randi Mayem Singer (@rmayemsinger) November 25, 2018
After securing and closing down the border at Tijuana, from both sides, the US is firing tear gas and rubber bullets at people who have WALKED thousands of miles trying to enter America to seek asylum legally.
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) November 26, 2018
Image: Screenshot via Washington Post video.
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‘You Falsely Smeared My Wife and She’s Getting Death Threats’: Eric Swalwell Posts Angry Texts With Tucker Carlson
On Friday, The Daily Beast reported that Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) posted screenshots of an angry argument between him and Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who wanted to get him on the phone for a call.
“Tucker, I’m hesitant to do that. You falsely smeared my wife on Tuesday and she’s getting death threats,” said Swalwell, referring to a retracted Fox News story alleging that Swalwell’s campaign funneled money to a business employing his wife. “That’s way out of bounds. She’s a pregnant mom of a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old. Hit me all you like. But to go after her. That’s just wrong.”
“Carlson responded by calling the Democrat a ‘coward’ and then apparently phoning him a few minutes later,” reported Blake Montgomery. “Swalwell tweeted, ‘I’m just not that into you.'”
After years of lying about me and my family, @TuckerCarlson is losing his mind that I won’t return his calls. Sorry, Tucker, I’m just not that into you. Who knows what lie he’ll tell next? #TuckerTantrum pic.twitter.com/vwX7AfwJ1Z
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) July 23, 2021
Swalwell, the second-highest ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, has long been a target of rage for conservatives. Carlson has also accused Swalwell of aiding a Chinese spy — although experts have made clear that Swalwell in fact properly worked with the FBI to help upon learning the spy had tried to get information from him.
WATCH: Biden Leaves Conservative Reporter Speechless After Bringing Up the GOP’s QAnon Problem
A blunt-talking President Joe Biden shut down a conservative reporter on Thursday night who asked if Democrats are defunding police departments — firing back with a question about a QAnon claim that left the reporter grasping for an answer.
As Biden walked across the South Lawn, he engaged with Shelby Talcott from the conservative Daily Caller following his town hall event in Cincinnati. The exchange went like this, according to White House transcripts:
“Mr. President, can you clarify what you said about no — that there’s no — no one in the Democratic Party is anti-police”‘ Talcott asked.
“I didn’t say that,” Biden replied before adding, ” I said that that — that is not the Democratic Party’s position. I’m the Democratic Party; I am President. So is the Speaker of the House and so is the –- the Majority Leader. We are not defunding the police.”
“Okay,” she replied before asking, “And are there people who — in the Democratic Party, who want to defund the police?”
“Are there people in the Republican Party who think we’re sucking the blood out of kids?” Biden shot back. His response left Talcott fumbling as Biden stared then turned on his heel and walked away.
Biden’s comments has since infuriated conservatives — a sampling of which can be seen below:
This is so fucking epic. I love him. pic.twitter.com/a0teHwBycE
— dyIan 🌐 🇺🇸 (@itsdylan46) July 23, 2021
Every CNN host would have burst into flames from outrage if Trump said something about Democrats sucking the blood out of kids.
But because it's Biden, he gets a pass from most of the legacy media.
— Mike Glenn (@mrglenn) July 23, 2021
Joe Biden was given the chance to condemn the Democrat-run cities defunding the police around the country, but he refused.
Instead, he bizarrely responds: “Are there people…who think we’re sucking the blood out of kids?” pic.twitter.com/LpOaQSTGed
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) July 23, 2021
Take a moment to imagine if Trump responded to a policy question by casually discussing “sucking the blood out of kids”.
This was a whole 24 hours ago too and the news cycle decided to mostly ignore it. https://t.co/RwQMVATVO6
— Errol Webber (@ErrolWebber) July 23, 2021
Where all the people who found Trump's tweets embarrassing and offensive? This is presidential? https://t.co/94nOCdZoLM
— Mark Weiss (@markhweiss) July 23, 2021
Sanders Promises She ‘Will Not’ Take Basic Steps to Fight COVID if Elected, Blasts Biden for Not Praising Trump
GOP candidate for Arkansas governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday offered a list of promises of what she would not do to help end the coronavirus pandemic if elected. She did criticize President Joe Biden, saying he should praise his predecessor for “helping get this vaccine created safely, quickly and effectively.”
Sanders, who served as President Donald Trump’s White House press secretary, told Fox News, “If I’m elected governor here in Arkansas, we will not have mask mandates, we will not have mandates on the vaccine, we will not shut down churches and schools and other large gatherings because we believe in personal freedom and responsibility. It’s one of the key cornerstones frankly of our country.”
She did not offer any examples of what she would do to combat the deadly virus that is once again spiking across the country.
Arkansas is the country’s eighth-worst state in getting its population vaccinated. Just 44.7% of adults 18 and over have been fully inoculated.
Sanders then questioned President Biden’s and Vice President Kamala Harris’ level of seriousness “about helping save lives through the vaccine,” insisting “they should admit they were wrong when they cast doubt on Operation Warp Speed at the very beginning, and give President Trump and his administration the credit they are due for helping get this vaccine created safely, quickly and effectively, and into the hands of Americans.”
Many Americans believed President Trump would force the FDA to certify any vaccine to push it out too quickly in a desperate attempt to get re-elected. He repeatedly claimed the vaccine was coming far sooner than it did, and his own Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, in September claimed the coronavirus vaccine would be available by the end of that month.
“I think that would make a huge difference,” Sanders claimed, “and I think they should really take some responsibility and step up and fix the mistake that they made by casting so much doubt at the very beginning of this process.”
She also appeared to blame, falsely, the Biden administration for “politicization” of the vaccine.
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