President Donald Trump’s supporters see themselves as victims of a manipulative media reporting on child detention camps for young migrants taken from their parents at the border.
Trump supporters in Arizona insisted the president was simply enforcing the law — although no such law exits — by separating immigrant families as part of the administration’s zero-tolerance policy on illegal border crossings, reported CNN.
“He should enforce the laws like he’s doing, and our Congress needs to abide by the laws and follow the laws and enforce the laws — not go against our president,” said Ron Carroll, a 69-year-old from Mesa. “I blame it on the parents for letting it happen because they bring them up and know they can’t get across there legally.”
Carroll, a retiree from St. Louis, said he wasn’t troubled by government agents ripping children from their parents and detaining them in separate facilities.
“Like I said earlier, it’s the parents that bring them up, and they already know they’re going to take them away, so to me there’s no issue there,” Carroll said.
Carroll’s wife complained that media reports about traumatized children and babies were emotionally manipulative.
“I think people need to stop constantly bringing up the poor children, the poor children — the parents are the problems, they’re the ones coming in illegally,” said Madeline Carroll. “Quit trying to make us feel teary-eyed for the children. Yes, I love children a great deal, but to me, it’s up to the parents to do things rightfully and legally.”
She overcame the twinge of guilt those reports stirred up by summoning outrage toward the parents.
“To be perfectly honest, I’m angry at the parents,” she said. “I feel very honestly that it’s their fault that the children have been separated, because they’re bringing them in illegally. And the other thing is, the law that has been put on the books was not put on recently. It was put on back many years ago, and I think very seriously that they need very firmly to say enough is enough.”
Illegal entry to the U.S. has long been a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in prison, but previous administrations generally chose not to prosecute adults who crossed illegally with children and instead referred them to immigration courts.
“It’s not just involving separating the families — we’re trying to secure our borders to stop the drug trafficking, the sex trafficking and I think it goes a little deeper,” said Renee Padilla, a Trump supporter who works in human resources. “At the end of the day, to make America great again I think both sides of the aisle need to come together.”
An 84-year-old Trump supporter admitted he felt nothing for the children taken from their parents and compared the family separation policy to a citation he once got for illegal swimming.
“Here’s how I feel about it: When I was a kid, 16 years old, I got fined for swimming in a lake ’cause I didn’t follow the rules,” said retiree Carl Bier. “These people that we have coming across the border illegally are breaking the rules. I have no feelings for them at all.”
John Oliver perfectly explains the Mueller report in a way all Americans can understand
The overwhelming majority of Americans have not read the 400-plus-page report from special counsel Robert Mueller. As it stands, it's unclear how many elected officials have either. It's become a problem for Democrats, who would like to impeach the president but can't get the American people to pay attention long enough.
"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver has a solution. In his Sunday show, Oliver outlined a vital piece of the report that outlined just one of many obstructions of justice at the hand of President Donald Trump.
After he outlined what impeachment is, he showed Trump talking about the law that claims it's for "high crimes and misdemeanors." According to Trump, he has to be accused of both because it says "and." An annoyed Oliver corrected the president's incorrect assessment.
John Oliver unleashes epic supercut of Fox News host who can’t stop bragging about learning German in high school
Fox News host Brian Kilmeade took German as his foreign language in high school. If you didn't know that, then you likely don't watch Fox News, because the host has made a claim several dozen times.
HBO host John Oliver spent a few moments out of his Sunday episode of "Last Week Tonight" to mock Kilmeade for his desire to remind people of his three years of classes frequently.
Kilmeade has talked about it so many times that his co-hosts began preempting his comment every time the country of Germany is mentioned, or the German Chancellor Angela Merkel appears on the screen.
Watch the hilarious mockery below:
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This week Trump will announce that he's running for president again, and he promises a surprise announcement while there. While it's unclear what he intends for the surprise, one thing he is talking about is a better healthcare law than the Democratic one.
According to The New York Times, Trump is "vowing to issue the plan within a month or two, reviving a campaign promise with broad consequences for next year’s contest."