Fox News host Pete Hegseth on Tuesday insisted that photographs of immigrant children being held in detention centers “look quite compassionate” — even though many of them appear to be held in what have been described as “cages.”
During a discussion about President Donald Trump’s “no tolerance” immigration policy, Outnumbered co-host Cathy Areu argued that there is no crisis of immigrants flooding across the border.
“The photos are horrifying,” co-host Melissa Francis said. “And everyone on all sides is very upset. It’s obviously very charged.”
“I mean, these are the laws that are on the books,” she added, ignoring the fact that Trump could change the policy with a telephone call. “Go back, get your pencil out and don’t go home and don’t go to bed until you’ve written [some new laws].”
Co-host Trish Regan furthered the myth that Democrats are at fault for the Trump policy of separating families.
“They would rather play this out on a very emotional level because you’re appealing — in the Democrats’ mind — to people’s hearts,” Regan stated. “Nobody wants to see children separated from their parents but, at the same time, it plays to any hatred they can gin up for Donald Trump.”
“The economy is gangbusters!” Hegseth interrupted. “So they’re sending the nightly newscasts down to the border to report from there like this is suddenly now an issue because it’s happening under Donald Trump.”
“Melissa, you said you find all the images horrifying,” Hegseth continued, turning to Francis. “I actually think — many of them — look quite compassionate. Our government is trying to say, ‘These are kids, these are young kids. We’re going to make sure they’re fed well.'”
“They’re temporarily going to be there and reunited with their parents,” he insisted. “These are not concentration camps, which is what people have said. You can defend the defensible. And in this case, this is defensible.”
Francis fired back: “Pete, there is no moment in time when somebody would take my child away from me that I wouldn’t be hysterical.”
But Regan praised Trump’s policy for allegedly having a deterrent effect, which she called “tough love.”
“If they know they are being separated from their child for an indefinite amount of time, maybe they rethink that,” she remarked. “Because, as you said, who would do that? Who would ever be willing to do that so maybe it is a kind of tough love environment with the U.S. government saying, ‘You know what? You do something illegally and you’re not going to be rewarded for it.'”
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Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi collapses and dies in court, state TV says
Mohammed Morsi, the former Egyptian president who was ousted by the military in 2013, has died after collapsing in court, state TV said on Monday.
Egypt's public broadcaster said the 67-year-old former president was attending a session in his trial on espionage charges when he blacked out and then died. His body was taken to a hospital, it said.
Morsi, who hailed from Egypt's largest Islamist group, the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, was elected president in 2012 in the country's first free elections following the ouster the year before of longtime leader Hosni Mubarak.
NBC SCOTUS reporter Pete Williams: ‘I don’t know what the Court wins’ in anti-gay Sweetcakes case ‘except time’
NBC News' Pete Williams has won three national news Emmy awards. He has a reputation for offering very factual reports with little to no personal opinion. Williams for decades has primarily covered the U.S. Supreme Court and Justice Department.Monday morning on MSNBC Williams gave his report on the Supreme Court's order in the "Sweetcakes" case, involving an Oregon Christian couple who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The case is exceptionally more complicated than that – including alleged doxxing of the same-sex couple and the subsequent death threats they say they received.The U.S. Supreme Court set aside the $135,000 the anti-gay bakers, Melissa and Aaron Klein of Sweetcakes by Melissa, were ordered to pay to the same-sex couples they refused, and told the lower court to re-examine the case in light of the SCOTUS ruling in favor of Colorado anti-gay Christian baker Jack Phillips – which the court had originally made clear applied only to the Phillips case. The Court ruled Phillips was the victim of anti-religious animus by the state.Now, Pete Williams appears to be wondering about the Supreme Court's order, sending the case back to a lower court for review.Asked what today's decision means, Williams responds, "I'm not sure," then delivered his report."So today the Supreme Court sent this Oregon case back with instructions to reconsider in light of the Colorado case, but none of the infirmities that existed in the Colorado case are present in the Oregon case, so I'm not exactly sure what the Oregon courts are going to conclude from this," Williams told viewers."My guess is that if the state sues again, and it probably will, the Oregon courts will rule the same way and the case will come back here," meaning to the Supreme Court."I don't know what the [Supreme] Court gains here other than perhaps time, and letting other cases like this percolate up," Williams said.Exactly.It would appear the Supreme Court is attempting to lay the groundwork for special religious rights that would supersede the rights of LGBTQ people to not be discriminated against.It would appear Williams might agree.Watch:
Cops briefly suspended after video of them beating 16-year-old girl goes viral
Officers in Lansing, Michigan, were placed on leave after video appeared on social media showing them striking a 16-year-old girl, reports WILX.
The officers approached a home where they suspected the girl and a 14-year-old boy -- wanted on probation violations, escape from custody, and runaway warrants -- were staying, police said.
The teens tried to flee, but were captured soon after. After the girl resisted being put into a police car, video shows an officer beat her on the leg.