On Friday, Joe Scarborough, the MSNBC propagandist who once served in Congress as a Republican, compared federal immigration officials to Nazis. The White House responded to Scarborough’s smear with a sharp statement highlighting his own hypocrisy.
According to The Hill:
Scarborough referenced reports that several migrant families were told by Border Patrol agents that they were taking their children to give them a bath, but did not then return the child.
“I know children are being marched away to showers, marched away to showers. Being told they are — just like the Nazis said that they were taking people to the showers and then they never came back,” Scarborough said.
“You think they would use another trick like, ‘hey, got a Slurpee room over there; we’re going to take them to get a Slurpee,'” he continued. “That would be better than ‘we’re marching them to the showers and we’ll be right back’ and they never come back.”
Deputy White House Press Secretary Hogan Gidley stated:
“It is appalling that Joe Scarborough would compare sworn federal law enforcement officers— who put their lives on the line every day to keep American people safe— to Nazis. This is the type of inflammatory and unacceptable rhetoric that puts a target on the backs of our great law enforcement. It is also horribly insulting to the memory of the 6 million Jews who perished in the Nazi Holocaust. Not only is Scarborough’s rhetoric shameful, but his facts are categorically false. When American citizens break the law, they are separated from their children and prosecuted. It’s unclear why Scarborough believes that illegal aliens are entitled to more rights than those afforded to American citizens. While Scarborough is quick to launch into his straight-to-camera outrage over the temporary separation of illegal alien families, he has never shown similar outrage for the permanent separation of American families forever torn apart from their children, who were killed by criminal aliens as a result of Democrats’ open borders policies. If Joe Scarborough actually cared about keeping illegal alien families together, he would use his platform to support the Trump Administration’s efforts to close loopholes in federal immigration law.”
“So, how does Scarborough ‘know’ that children are being ‘marched away to showers?'” Mark Finkelstein asked.
Finkelstein said he tracked the report to a tweet by Boston Globe reporter Liz Goodwin, formerly of the left-wing Daily Beast:
A public defender in McAllen says some migrants are told their kids are going to be taken away briefly to bathe, and then it dawns on them hours later they aren't coming back
— Liz Goodwin (@lizcgoodwin) June 10, 2018
Naturally, the tweet prompted much of the same kind of rhetoric that Scarborough used.
Finkelstein noted: “And as we all know, a public defender would never distort the truth on behalf of his clients.”
According to The Hill, “spokesperson for NBC Universal did not immediately respond” to their request for comment.
Here’s video of Scarborough’s statement:
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