Whenever Trump is criticized for his police of taking children away from their parents when the families reach the American border, he tries to shift the blame to Obama. He get this self-righteous going and talks about how unfair it is that he takes the blame when Obama started it and he ended it. Here’s the latest example:
“Obama separated those children,” Trump said. “Those cages that were shown, I think they were very inappropriate. They were built by President Obama’s administration, not by Trump.”
“President Obama had child separation, take a look,” he added. “The press knows it, you know it, we all know it. I’m the one that stopped it.”
Sorry, but you can’t know what simply isn’t true. Yes, Obama did sometimes separate children from their families, but only when circumstances warranted. That means if their parents were suspected of a serious crime and were arrested, there was evidence of false claims of parenthood, or the child came to the border without their parents. That last one happened a lot in 2014 and 2015, in particular. Children arrived at the border by the thousands, unaccompanied by parents. So what was the government supposed to do? They did the obvious thing. First, they tried to find a relative in the United States who could care for the child. Failing that, they tried to place the child in foster care. And while they looked, they detained in juvenile facilities to keep them safe.This is far, far different from automatically charging everyone who crossed the border, necessitating that the child be separated because the law, for obvious reasons, says that you can’t lock a child up with their criminal parent. The Washington Post calls this a Four Pinocchios lie, but he has repeated it now dozens of times. Because as always, Trump could not possibly care any less whether what he says is true or not. He only cares that it is useful to him at the moment.