The White House has announced that it will challenge a move to free up money to ease conditions for refugees at the southern border; it has surprised nobody, as the Trump administration’s attitude to its southernmost neighbours has been racist and inflammatory. This comment by Sarah Fabian of the Justice Department demonstrates the government’s attitude to the most vulnerable group of migrants – children.
A Trump official tried to argue that detained children don’t need soap, toothbrushes, or beds to be ‘safe and sanitary’ while in Border Patrol custody pic.twitter.com/sRFPZsDbwy
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) June 21, 2019
There were thousands of outraged reactions to the clip, including this suggestion from writer Molly Jong Fast.
Send them all to The Hague
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) June 22, 2019
But the most telling response was this perfect takedown from author Michael Scott Moore, who was held captive by Somali pirates for 977 days.
Somali pirates gave me toothpaste & soap. https://t.co/K8zCP3IVMm
— Michael Scott Moore 🍑 (@MichaelSctMoore) June 22, 2019
Let that sink in – Somali pirates had a higher standard of care for captives than the Trump government does for migrant children.
Journalist David Rohde had a similar point to share.
The Taliban gave me toothpaste & soap.
— David Rohde (@RohdeD) June 24, 2019
Other people were simply horrified by the whole thing.
The Trump administration is more inhumane than Somali pirates.
— Krishan Patel (@IAmKrishanPatel) June 22, 2019
Now this is a dunk. https://t.co/6UejAsmVHe
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) June 23, 2019
Yeah, read it twice and shake your damn head twice. https://t.co/XQCGCA5e5L
— David Simon (@AoDespair) June 23, 2019
When pirates are more humane than the *American government* !!!
— Red™️ (@Redpainter1) June 22, 2019
If you want to know the facts about Michael’s time in captivity, read his book, The Desert and the Sea. If you want to know the facts about the Trump administration’s treatment of migrant children, don’t expect the President’s favourite news agencies to help you out.
Source: Michael Scott Moore on Twitter
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