Trump Haters Weep Over Migrant Children in Cages—Until They Find Out Obama Did It

In a land and time not so far away, millions of Americans lived in blissful ignorance, unaware of mundane stuff like which cabinet members flew on private planes, or how often the president golfed on the weekends, or how the children of illegal immigrants were cared for. I call these halcyon days, “The Obama Administration.” Few of our now-woke friends on the Left gave nary a thought to the plight of minors who were here illegally for whatever reason (either brought by their parents or traveling alone) between 2009 and 2017.

But this is just one of a gazillion policies that now outrages the former residents of Obama’s Pleasant Valley Sunday cul de sac. Since the Trump Administration that announced adults who cross the border illegally will be arrested- and their children will therefore be separated from them – the Left is in meltdown mode. Trump haters apparently are unhappy that the president is reversing Obama’s policy of housing immigrant families together in two-bedroom suites at the local Ritz-Carlton. (Kidding, obviously. Even the Washington Post admitted, “at the peak of the 2014 child-immigrations crisis, the Obama administration used [military] bases to house more than 7,000 children.)

Many took to Twitter to vent their fury, reposting an article on azcentral.com that showed photos of immigrant children being housed in federal facilities. Children were shown sleeping on the floor, some in cages, partially covered with foil blankets. Journalists, celebrities, activists and Democratic politicians seized on the photos as evidence of the Trump Administration’s inhumanity:

But there was one tiny problem: The photos were from 2014.

Then the back peddling began.

Former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau owned up to it, but still tried to spin it favorably for his former boss:

CNN reporter Hadas Gold deleted her first tweet, which she claimed showed the “first photos of separated migrant children at holding facility.” When Gold was corrected about the date, she tweeted:

Jake Silverstein, editor of New York Times Magazine, also deleted his first tweet that called the photos “disturbing” and “awful,” blaming his family for the oversight but still managing to blame Trump:

Antonio Villaraigosa, Democratic candidate for California governor, deleted his tweet that claimed he was “speechless” about the photos: “This is not who we are as a nation.” (Pssst. We are.)

Never one to miss a trolling opportunity, President Trump today called their bluff:

Trump foes might be able to delete their tweets—they can’t delete facts and history. But it is fun to watch them try.

About Julie Kelly

Julie Kelly is a political commentator and senior contributor to American Greatness. She is the author of Disloyal Opposition: How the NeverTrump Right Tried―And Failed―To Take Down the President Her past work can be found at The Federalist and National Review. She also has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Hill, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, and Genetic Literacy Project. After college graduation, she served as a policy and communications consultant for several Republican candidates and elected officials in suburban Chicago. She also volunteered for her local GOP organization. After staying home for more than 10 years to raise her two daughters, Julie began teaching cooking classes out of her home. She then started writing about food policy, agriculture, and biotechnology, as well as climate change and other scientific issues. She graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1990 with a degree in communications and minor degrees in political science and journalism. Julie lives in suburban Chicago with her husband, two daughters, and (unfortunately) three dogs.

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