During his Monday morning Twitter rant, President Donald Trump attempted to shirk the blame for his administration's widely-criticized policy that separates parents and children detained by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.
"Children are being used by some of the worst criminals on earth as a means to enter our country," the president tweeted. "Has anyone been looking at the Crime taking place south of the border. It is historic, with some countries the most dangerous places in the world. Not going to happen in the U.S."
Children are being used by some of the worst criminals on earth as a means to enter our country. Has anyone been lo… https://t.co/sGqEpBPIvg— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1529329840.0
Switching gears, Trump tweeted "CHANGE THE LAWS!" in all caps, an apparent jab at congressional Democrats that he later clarified in a subsequent tweet that included a misspelling of the term "border."
"It is the Democrats fault for being weak and ineffective with Boarder [sic] Security and Crime. Tell them to start thinking about the people devastated by Crime coming from illegal immigration," the president tweeted before once again imploring Congress to "change the laws!"
CHANGE THE LAWS!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1529329853.0
It is the Democrats fault for being weak and ineffective with Boarder Security and Crime. Tell them to start thinki… https://t.co/P1CiI0U73I— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1529330028.0
Twitter immediately ran with the president's tweets, unloading their criticism on his deflection about a policy enacted by his attorney general.
"They don't have to change the law," national security lawyer Bradley P. Moss tweeted. "The law doesn't require this policy."
They don't have to change the law. The law doesn't require this policy. https://t.co/MBpwoSfYUb— Bradley P. Moss (@Bradley P. Moss) 1529329886.0
Tom Namako of BuzzFeed News, meanwhile, noted that the tweet came "from a Republican in the White House whose party has control over both chambers of Congress."
"This gibberish makes no sense," another user tweeted. "This defines how Trump thinks, a mish-mash of false narratives, shallow populism, inarticulate persecution, and dimly understood concepts wrapped in random ideology."
This gibberish makes no sense. This defines how Trump thinks, a mish-mash of false narratives, shallow populism,… https://t.co/rilYr2OF47— Stonekettle (@Stonekettle) 1529330293.0
Check out more responses below:
It is Trump's policy, not a law, to separate children from their parents at the border and put them in cages. He co… https://t.co/6glWnO7PUZ— Jennifer Bendery (@Jennifer Bendery) 1529331357.0
It is literally impossible for this to be the Democrats' fault given Republican control of the House, Senate, and W… https://t.co/PbYVrdpiZe— Translate Trump (@Translate Trump) 1529330299.0
STOP GASLIGHTING. https://t.co/3GA33oQrli— David Jolly (@David Jolly) 1529329914.0
You are doing this. Miller, Sessions and you crafted this "baby snatching" plan and now you're blaming Dems! I ho… https://t.co/NKzPuUhWk1— 🛡️ Republican Against Trumpism 🛡️ (@🛡️ Republican Against Trumpism 🛡️) 1529330371.0
man who claims unilateral right to levy tariffs and absolute power to pardon himself says his hands are tied https://t.co/rZuTBGozJQ— Dave Itzkoff (@Dave Itzkoff) 1529330314.0
Separation of children from families is all on you Mr. President. This is one area where only you have the power t… https://t.co/Xk7VTArMky— PS Sinclair (@PS Sinclair) 1529330075.0
when the McDonalds drive thru tells me I can get breakfast all day but they're not serving French Fries at 10am https://t.co/CA7H5J8NCO— maura quint (@maura quint) 1529330207.0
White House: Republican House of Representatives: Republican Senate: Republican Supreme Court: Majority Republic… https://t.co/YDgP9ciYGM— Stonekettle (@Stonekettle) 1529329913.0
Let history record that Trump is taking child hostages to force a vote to fund his wall. He's basically the villain… https://t.co/NEwWX1VQzV— Bob Cesca (@Bob Cesca) 1529331005.0
IF YOU ENDORSE THIS PLATFORM CAN WE HEAR A 🐷— The Museum of English Rural Life (@The Museum of English Rural Life) 1529330367.0
When I'm inconvenienced by traffic for five minutes. https://t.co/EiOSp9sRyN— Mike Rutherford (@Mike Rutherford) 1529330659.0
Dude runs a country, cages children, blames others, cannot even fucking *spell*. #AmericaIsAFailedState https://t.co/Hq7sMiec85— Van Badham (@Van Badham) 1529330904.0
the ur-lie, that immigration, legal or illegal, drives crime. https://t.co/Xj3Gdrapv0— Josh Marshall (@Josh Marshall) 1529331019.0