Trump blasts critics over photo of detained kids

Mar 2012
New Hampshire
People have to stop doing this, they are part of the madness...

President Donald Trump on Tuesday taunted online activists who shared photos of children at immigration detention facilities as a means of criticizing his administration, noting that the photos had been taken during the tenure of his predecessor, Barack Obama.

“Democrats mistakenly tweet 2014 pictures from Obama’s term showing children from the Border in steel cages. They thought it was recent pictures in order to make us look bad, but backfires,” Trump wrote online. “Dems must agree to Wall and new Border Protection for good of country...Bipartisan Bill!” The photograph in question began to circulate online over the weekend, shared by Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau and activists Shaun King and Linda Sarsour, among others. It shows two children lying on green mats on a concrete floor behind a chain-link fence. The photo was taken by The Associated Press and was published by The Arizona Republic in 2014 as part of a photo gallery. Favreau later deleted his tweet.

Opponents of Trump have been especially critical in recent weeks of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement policy announced earlier this month that separates parents and children who enter the U.S. illegally.
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Ian Jeffrey

Council Hall
Mar 2013
Vulcan, down the street from Darth Vader
People have to stop doing this, they are part of the madness...
Agreed, stuff like that is ridiculous. There are, of course genuine mistakes; but also some people simply cannot help themselves when posting propaganda-like materials, and that goes for both sides.
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Sep 2017
People have to stop doing this
I'd say the first question is who is doing it. It would be interesting to look back and see who initially took that old photo and injected it into social media under the guise of being something recent. If we ask ourselves "cui bono?", one possible culprit would be pro-Trump trolls looking to embarrass the left. If so, that's a smart strategy (albeit really shady). That said, even if it did originate with a Trump troll, that's all the more reason people on the left need to be cautious about passing such material along. It's like that old right-wing stunt where they got environment-minded people to sign a petition to ban "dihydrogen monoxide" (i.e., water). There are conservatives out there who want to avoid having a real debate about important issues, by way of sidetracking the conversations with personal ridicule, and so liberals need to make sure they're not making that job easier.
Oct 2013
People seem worried about the wrong thing....which party to blame seems to take top priority instead actually doing much to change things.
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