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Here Are 6 of the Most Absurd Excuses Right-Wing Media Used for Trump's Draconian Family Separation Policy

June 23, 2018 in Blogs

By Bobby Lewis, Media Matters

The president’s media enablers blamed Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, “the law on the book,” Democrats in Congress, the media, the families themselves, and even “the Illuminati of K Street” for the Trump administration’s policy.


As President Donald Trump’s administration implemented a new “zero tolerance” prosecution policy at the border that led to unprecedented and systematic separation of immigrant families and locking kids in cages, right-wing media flailed around trying to blame the administration’s policy on anybody or anything except Trump.

The president’s media enablers blamed Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, “the law on the book,” Democrats in Congress, the media, the families themselves, and even “the Illuminati of K Street” for the Trump administration’s policy:  

Blaming the families themselves

  • Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt claimed that families “are choosing to be separated” by coming to the United States in the first place. Co-host Steve Doocy agreed, saying “the part that is troubling … is the conscious decisions the parents are making” in trying to bring their children to America.

  • Recently pardoned felon Dinesh D’Souza rhetorically questioned whether the “deported aliens” were “the ones choosing to separate their families.”

  • Fox’s David Bossie said that if parents “don’t become criminals, they’re not separated” from their children.

  • Fox’s Tomi Lahren said, “If you do not want to be separated, do not cross the border illegally. Follow our laws, follow the process. That's the best way to ensure that your family stays together.”

Blaming former presidents

  • Radio host Rush Limbaugh claimed that family separation at the border “is an entirely manufactured crisis. It’s entirely manufactured. This has been going on for years. It happened during the Obama administration.”

  • American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp declared, “Obama and Trump have [the] same child protection policy.”

  • Turning Point USA Communications Director Candace Owens falsely claimed that “these policies were in place” during the Obama administration.

  • Turning Point USA President Charlie Kirk falsely stated, “All of this happened for 8 years under Obama.”

  • CNN commentator Ben Ferguson shared an image on Facebook that claimed that policies of separating children from “illegal parents” had been in effect since 2009.

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