It was the perfect illustration of how inhumane Trump's policy is.
Trump and his minions have been paying empty lip service to caring about the children they have decided to rip away from their parents — but Rudy Giuliani showed the administration's true colors when he tried to laugh off a question about Trump's cruel policy.
On Sunday morning's edition of CBS News' "Face the Nation," host Margaret Brennan tried to get Giuliani to weigh in on the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy on border crossings.
"Do you agree with Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision on how to implement border security, this policy of separating parents from their children when they enter the country illegally?" Brennan asked. "Is that humane?"
Before Brennan could finish her question, Giuliani actually laughed.
And after he laughed, Giuliani tried to dodge the question.
"I know Jeff really, really well, and I think he's — you know, in certain respects did a great job, and in some respects I'm sort of disappointed in him," Giuliani said. "But here I don't think I should get involved in that — "
"You've talked about other policy issues before," Brennan pointed out.
Since he couldn't laugh it off, Giuliani just lied about how Trump's policy compares to previous administrations.
"It seems to me this all gets resolved if they do some kind of comprehensive bill, and the administration is doing something not terribly dissimilar to what Bush and Obama were forced to do because Congress wouldn't act," Giuliani said. "Now, maybe this administration is doing it more thoroughly."
What the Trump administration is doing is, in fact, "terribly dissimilar" to what other administrations have done, in every sense of the phrase.
As Trump White House counselor Kellyanne Conway herself noted on Sunday morning, the Obama administration kept families together in family detention centers. And neither Bush administration had any family separation policy.
"I don't like to see, and I know President Trump doesn't like to see, children taken away from their parents," Giuliani claimed — before immediately justifying the policy that does just that.
"I also don't like to see America victimized by a lot of people who are doing it for pure manipulation, to get bad people here," he added.
Trump, Giuliani, and Conway can make all the excuses they want to try to escape the political cost of ripping families apart. But there's no escaping the horrific moral consequences of that policy.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.