Question of the day: Are Democrats engaging in world-class hypocrisy when they accuse President Donald Trump of treating illegal immigrant children and families as “pawns” when he threatens to send them to so-called “sanctuary cities,” since that is essentially what Democrats have been doing almost since the day he took office by using immigration as a launch pad for a string of lawsuits against the administration?
Not only did several House committee chairs—Reps. Jerrold Nadler, Elijah Cummings and Bennie Thompson—accuse the president of playing that political game, but so did Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, a Democrat who leans farther to the left almost every time she speaks. Durkan bylined a piece in the Washington Post over the weekend that said this, among other things: “It is against our values to use people – including children and families in crisis – as political pawns.”
But isn’t that really what Durkan, and Democrat Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, and other attorneys general, have been doing with their lawsuits? She noted that cities have been winning lawsuits, but conveniently didn’t add that the U.S. Supreme Court recently sided with the president on noncitizen detention.
And then Durkan’s bylined piece said something else that will infuriate gun owners. She accused Trump of “demonizing immigrants and refugees to incite fear and to distract the American public from his own failures.”
Isn’t that the same thing anti-gunners do to the National Rifle Association, Second Amendment Foundation and other groups and individuals in the gun control arena? Crime never seems to be the fault of criminals, but of gun rights organizations, gun makers, gun owners and guns, themselves.
Rather than acknowledge that their decades of gun control schemes, including unconstitutional handgun bans, licensing requirements, waiting periods and background checks haven’t prevented the very crimes they were designed to prevent, anti-gunners continue to demonize the “gun lobby” and certain firearms as “military-style assault rifles” or “weapons of war.” The purpose seems to be to scare the public into supporting bans on modern sporting rifles, and original capacity rifle and pistol magazines that hold more than ten cartridges.
They lump suicides and homicides together to call them all “victims of gun violence,” when suicide and murder are two completely different things. But it is useful to inflate a number to alarm the public.
And then, as did anti-gun Congressman Eric Swalwell recently when advocating for a ban on “assault weapons,” declare that “It’s not just the violence that they’ve caused, it’s the fear, the immeasurable fear that our children live in because they are still on our streets. I want to get rid of that fear.”
Perhaps when people like Swalwell do it, children aren’t being used as “pawns.” Maybe they are just political props.
The bottom line appears to be that political hypocrisy knows no boundaries.
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