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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