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Kurtz: How images of children weeping turnaround
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in on how President Trump loses, the GOP and its media allies by an outcry about the separation of immigrant families.
A Republican President has a problem if he’s the New York Post lost.
And religious leaders behind him on just about everything he’s done.
And the last Republican first lady.
And his own wife feels compelled to speak.
This is where Donald Trump is now on the practice, which has separated almost 2,000 children from their parents at the border, bearing in the converted stores, and buildings.
In the face of a tsunami of critical reporting in the media, some of Trump, the are own allies, breaking with him on this one. And here is why.
The immigration debate is full of complexity, with arguments about border security, chain-migration and the construction of a wall on one side, and on the protection of “dreamers”, the children on the other.
But there is nothing complicated about the heart-wrenching images of children, some of them seized babies and small children, from their parents. The pictures are scorching hot, and they are in the offensive to very many Americans.
Even the President says that he hates to see the children taken away. He said yesterday, in the family, separations are “so sad” and again, the Democrats called in to make a deal.
But this leads to the second reason why this sad spectacle, is politically harmful to him. Trump noted explicitly that he has no other choice, that his administration according to the law, and that it is the Democrats do not reach the blame for an immigration compromise.
The vast majority of journalists, fact-checkers and independent experts, not to say looked at the situation, that’s not true. The practice is based on a Directive, the trump could change today. Reporters are out-and-out accused him of lying.
There is video of Jeff Sessions, a couple of months ago with the announcement of the new “zero tolerance policy”, and explicit warning, the children from their parents. White house adviser Stephen Miller called it “an easy decision by the administration to a policy of zero tolerance for illegal entry, period” in a New York Times interview last week.
The President says he is about the separation of children as a means of pressure to get a better deal on immigration legislation. But the appearance is very different.
Such pressure tactics are often used in legislative horse-trading, but the family are considered to be widespread disconnections now as far as out of the question. Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen is not getting much traction for accused the press of “irresponsible and unproductive” error messages.
CBS’s Gayle King, said the Border Patrol disagreed with the terminology, the children are not said to be in “cages”, but the word is inaccurate.
And the Fox-judge Andrew Napolitano on the abuse of yesterday, the crack of the policy as a “child.”
Some Trump supporters defend the practice as a deterrent, which means that illegal immigrants would be less likely to try to cross the border, or asylum, if you know that you might lose your children. This may well be true. But the images of crying children have been proven toxic.
In a rare statement, Melania Trump said she “hates to see children separated from their families and hopes on both sides of the aisle come together at last,” and ” believes we must be a country, it follows that all the laws, but also a country that pretends to be a heart.”
Laura Bush, who wrote in a column for The Washington Post: “I live in a border. I guess the need for the enforcement and protection of our international borders, but these zero-tolerance-policy-is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.”
And it is these strong words were in an editorial in Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post:
“It’s not easy, it looks terrible in the eyes of the world. It’s terrible: at least 2,000 children ripped from their parents arms, sometimes literally, in the first six weeks.”
Anthony Scaramucci, the trump loyalists and former communications director, told CNN about his former boss: “He has to step in and put an end to this thing, because I think it is a cruel policy, it is inhumane, it is offensive for the average American. It does not represent American values.”
The U.S. conference of Catholic bishops condemned the policy, and the Rev. Franklin Graham, a trump supporter, by the name of Stormy Daniels accusations of “nobody’s business”, said the family, separations are “shameful.”
I have deliberately focused here on the outcry among those who are usually strong supporters of the 45-President. Democrats and other critics go even further in their language, some even with Nazi analogies. But it is much more unusual for the Republicans and Trump acolytes turn on your man.
The President is entitled to fight for his immigration stance, which he wrote, during the campaign. But the situation in which children seems to be a large miscalculation. And it is hard to imagine that the policy will last much longer, without some kind of face-to-deal-savings.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of “media madness: Donald Trump, the press, and The war for the truth.” You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.