Sanders once used the Bible to defend ripping children from parents.
The Trump administration has put children in cages and threatened young Dreamers with deportation, while Trump himself has called for five young black men to be executed for a crime that they didn't commit.
Yet White House press secretary Sarah Sanders still had the nerve to claim she had "never seen people so happy to destroy a kid's life" because a group of Trump-supporting teenagers faced public criticism for acting racist in public.
Sanders' comment is part of a conservative crusade to defend students from Covington Catholic who were recorded on video mocking a Native American man with racist chants and gestures.
"We have seen time and time again where they [the media] run out here with outrageous, ridiculous stories," Sanders said during an appearance on Fox News. "One person reports it to begin with and they all jump on it. We saw it again with the Covington students. I’ve never seen people so happy to destroy a kid’s life."
The Trump team, led by a serial liar and staffed with many other liars like Sanders and Pence, has no business attacking reporters for accuracy — especially in an interview with multi-decade liar and Trump sycophant Sean Hannity.
But Sanders' complaint about supposed "attacks" on young people is even more remarkable given the very real, very harmful attacks that the Trump administration has launched on young people.
Trump put migrant children in cages and tore them away from their families — some of whom may never see each other again. This was a deliberate decision on the Trump administration's part; it broke with tradition and decided to prosecute every single misdemeanor border violation in federal criminal court, where minors could not be detained with their parents.
It is also the Trump administration that, appealing to Trump's racist base of voters, rescinded protections for Dreamers who were brought to America as children and have grown up as Americans. These young people are now justifiably afraid of being swept up in ICE raids and deported to countries they don't even remember living in.
Trump himself has exhibited far more cruelty to children than anyone in the press. He put out a full-page ad calling for the execution of the five young black men known as the Central Park 5, who were wrongly accused of raping a jogger. Even after DNA evidence exonerated the men, Trump has continued to insist that they should be killed.
Fox News — which seems to be the only place Sanders will speak in public these days — has also pushed savage, unfair attacks on young people like the teenage survivors of the Parkland mass shooting. The young advocates for gun safety were smeared as "crisis actors" by many conservatives, and one teen was personally taunted by Fox News host Laura Ingraham.
Whether it's about racist teens or Supreme Court nominees, the conservative movement is always trying to paint itself as the victim while it destroys others' lives. And Trump and his White House are leading that charge, all while erasing their sordid history of hatred and cruelty toward children.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.