Trump's top henchmen cheered on tear-gassing children, believing it will help them fund their border wall.
The Trump administration's decision to use tear gas against toddlers has reportedly prompted a new wave of excitement among senior officials. They are welcoming the attacks as an excuse to once again push for wasting millions on a border wall, one of Trump's favorite obsessions.
The Daily Beast reports that officials in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and at the White House "quietly cheered" as the children were targeted.
A former senior official told the site that Trump administration officials are "totally all in" on the attacks and "have gone batshit crazy."
"They are getting exactly what they want, which is the ability to present the narrative that the border is out of control."
Republicans have sought to portray migrants escaping violence and persecution they face in countries like Honduras as an "invasion" of the United States. The party, led by Trump, sought to use the racist distortion of human suffering as a way to stave off Republican losses in the midterm election. It did not work.
The Daily Beast notes that senior staff at DHS has focused on more frequently releasing statements from DHS Secretary Kristjen Nielsen focused on the migrants. And Pro-Trump media outlets like Fox News have pushed the narrative obsessively.
Nielsen was one of the architects of the Trump administration's policy of ripping apart migrant families with border prosecutions, including the placement of babies in cages.
One White House official even told the outlet the mainstream media owes Trump "an apology" for reporting that showed his fearmongering about the migrants was not rooted in reality.
The posture is in line with Trump's bizarre public statements on the topic.
Despite photographic and video evidence showing that young children were subjected to tear gassing, Trump insisted that those who were attacked were "stone cold criminals."
When Trump asked by reporters how he felt about images of women and children running from the gassing, he again denied reality.
Instead, Trump said — falsely — that the gas used was "a very minor form" that is "very safe." He went on to state, "You really say, 'Why is a parent running up into an area where they know the tear gas is forming and it’s going to be formed, and they're running up with a child?'"
He added, "And in some cases, you know, they're not the parents. These are people — they call them 'grabbers.' They grab a child because they think they're going to have a — they’re going to have a certain status by having a child."
Trump's babbling has no basis in reality. It's another in a long line of absurdist conspiracy theories he has espoused in his time in the public eye.
The suffering he has enabled is being used to push a nonsensical idea — the wall — that will not resolve any immigration issues. Instead, Trump makes desperate migrant children suffer physical pain through unnecessary abuse.
Meanwhile he and his underlings brush off serious concerns for the welfare of children and put the weight of the American government behind human suffering.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.