Once again, President Trump brings us utilitarianism at its best and most brutal, and perhaps trolling at its most refined.
The White House apparently has discussed sending illegal immigrants and dubious “migrants” to sanctuary cities. A Washington Post story described this as “targeting political foes” :
White House officials have tried to pressure U.S. immigration authorities to release detainees onto the streets of “sanctuary cities” to retaliate against President Trump’s political adversaries, according to Department of Homeland Security officials and email messages reviewed by The Washington Post.
Trump administration officials have proposed transporting detained immigrants to sanctuary cities at least twice in the past six months — once in November, as a migrant caravan approached the U.S. southern border, and again in February, amid a standoff with Democrats over funding for Trump’s border wall.
If true, and since the Post is reporting it, who knows if it is, the proposal is unethical, however diabolically amusing. The national government cannot and must not pick and choose among the states, cities and citizens: all must be treated equally, even those, like the sanctuary cities, that are asking to be slapped down. The idea is redolent of Chicago local politics. or the prime of Washington’s Mayor Barry, who somehow managed to see that the roads in Republican districts stayed snow-bound long after Barry-supporting districts got plowed.
However, nothing about the fact that the White House may have wanted to play games with illegal immigrants in the face of Democratic refusal to help him enforce our laws is either surprising or substantive. The reaction of the President’s foes, however, is useful intelligence. If this was ploy launched to make Democrats and others reveal their real attitudes and monumental hypocrisy, boy, did it work.
My favorite response, by far, was that of CNN legal Trump-basher Jeffrey Toobin, who called the proposal an attempt to use humans as “pestilence to spread around the country.” Wait, WHAT? The media and Democrats were just screaming about how wrong it was for the President to refer to these same humans as “animals’! (He didn’t, but never mind). I may not be up on my memos from the Langauge Police, but I’m pretty sure that calling human beings diseases is a lot worse than calling them animals. How do you really feel about illegal immigrants, Jeffrey?
Then there was Nancy Pelosi spokeswoman Ashley Etienne, speaking for her boss:
“The extent of this administration’s cynicism and cruelty cannot be overstated. Using human beings — including little children — as pawns in their warped game to perpetuate fear and demonize immigrants is despicable.”
Wow. 1) How is it cruelty to send the illegal immigrants Democrats defend and romanticize to nice, welcoming cities like San Francisco? Oh! I get it! It’s cruel to the people of San Francisco, Nancy’s constituency! 2) A Democrat, of the “Think of the Children!” Party, is actually claiming Trump is using children as pawns? The Democratic rhetoric and demagoguery about children at the border has encouraged those trying to breach our borders to use children as human shields, placing them in danger. The proposal doesn’t endanger children at all. It sends them to Disneyland! 3) Fear? Who is fearful? Oh, that’s right…the citizens in those sanctuary cities, who apparently fear being forced to accept the consequences of their own grandstanding.
And, of course there’s Adam Schiff:
“Power corrupts, and absolute power results in dangerously hare-brained schemes like this one, in which people fleeing violence are cynically used as political pawns.”
What is it that Schiff thinks is dangerous? Haven’t we been told that it was Trump who was demonizing illegal immigrants, the salt of the Earth? Where’s the danger? (Hmmm...do you think “pawns” may have been in a mass talking point memo?) If the illegal immigrants are fleeing violence—they all are, right, from those non-shit-hole but inexplicably violent countries–how is it cynical to send them to New York City, Portland Oregon, or Los Angeles? isn’t that kind? Isn’t that what they want?
I wonder if this was just a glorious set-up job by Trump to trap Democrats into revealing their utter hypocrisy. Mr.Trump, are you that smart?