Sarah Sanders showed zero empathy about children being ripped from their parents at the border
During a press conference yesterday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders defended the Trump administration’s policy on separating immigrant families. Her reason? Morality and the Bible, according to Sanders.
Several reporters present simply weren’t having it.
Most of the press briefing was focused on the Trump administration’s ‘zero-tolerance policy’ regarding families crossing the border illegally or seeking asylum. Families are being torn apart — in some cases literally, as one infant was reportedly ripped from her mother’s breast by federal authorities.
When asked by CNN’s Jim Acosta about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ claim that separating children from parents is rooted in the Bible, Sanders responds to Acosta: “it is very biblical to enforce the law.”
Asked about Jeff Sessions' claim that separating children from parents is rooted in the Bible, Sanders says "it it is very biblical to enforce the law."— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 14, 2018
She then calls @Acosta dumb, saying, "I know it's hard for you to understand even short sentences." pic.twitter.com/LnQrBUvDBe
If that wasn’t enough to make you want to bang your head through a wall, a short while later, reporter Brian Karem cut in to passionately and directly question Sanders about separating children from their parents at the U.S. border.
Reporter implores Press Sec. Sanders to answer concerns over Trump administration policy of separating children from their parents at U.S. border.
— ABC News (@ABC) June 14, 2018
“Don’t you have any empathy for what these people are going through?” Karem pleads. “They have less than you! Sarah, come on. Seriously. They’re telling us it’s a law, and these people have nothing, they come here with nothing.”
He begs Sanders to answer his questions, which she completely evades — but not before accusing Karem of “wanting more TV time.” So he tries again: “They come to the border with nothing, and you throw children in cages. You’re a parent. Don’t you have any empathy for what they’re going through?”
Sanders continued to ignore the question, immediately handing the floor to other reporters. Clips of the briefing were viral almost instantly, with many people coming down on the administration for treating asylum-seekers like criminals.
Sarah Sanders is repeating over and over again that it's the law to separate immigrant children and from their parents.— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) June 14, 2018
Fact check: It's not the law. The Trump administration is making the decision to do this and does not have to do it.
How incredibly disengenious to avoid answering such an important question and suggest a reporter just wants TV facetime. https://t.co/p8GvpDsEip
— Paul Gessler (@PaulGessler) June 14, 2018
Bravo. Reporters are supposed to ask tough questions of government officials and spokespeople. https://t.co/YUsarU7FqX
— Michael Okuda (@MikeOkuda) June 14, 2018
Sure, one could argue that Sanders speaks for the President during these briefings and perhaps her own personal feelings shouldn’t come into question. But are we really going to sit here and pretend like any member of this administration has a fucking soul?
It’s laughable, at this point, to defend any of them when they actively and knowingly contribute to the downfall of America on a daily basis. No one in this administration follows precedence or decorum, so why on earth should we hold our reporters to a higher standard than the President and his staff?
FINALLY, The Minister of Propaganda is called out. https://t.co/tqnthVfjHM
— regdog (@TierzaChels) June 15, 2018
The ACLU has brought forth a lawsuit challenging the practice of separating immigrant families, and as of last week, a California judge ruled the lawsuit may proceed. The lawsuit alleges that the administration is forcibly separating asylum-seekers from their children upon arrival.
We can’t grow numb to this — we can’t shrink into our bubbles of privilege and chalk up this inhumane practice of separating parents and their children as just another Trump dumpster fire. Until this policy changes, we — like Brian Karem — can’t remain quiet or complacent about it.
If you’re interested in learning more about how you can help, FamiliesBelong.org has compiled a list of organizations you can donate to.