Ugly shit this morning out yonder in DC. What a mess this country is in with the way-clusterfuck of the T-Rump operation — and a real-main problem it’s not just him, as shit does attract flies.
I’m waiting for the sun to stay out for awhile before I hustle the dogs out to the beach. Up here this Tuesday on California’s north coast we’re forecast for maybe some shine later, although right now there’s a bright wave cutting across north Arcata.
In the wait and on a periodic news surf, I struck upon two stories notable among the rest for revealing the horror of the T-Rump and our way-precarious point in US history per the nowadays
First via the Guardian this morning:
Speaking in the Oval Office, Trump said he would not restart child separation at the border and blamed Obama for the policy
“Just so you understand, President Obama separated the children. Those cages that were shown — I think they were very inappropriate — were by President Obama’s administration not by Trump. President Obama had child separation,” said the president said.
“Take a look. The press knows it. You know it. We all know it. I’m the one who stopped it. President Obama had child separation.”
Trump also said the policy was effective.
“I’ll tell you something, once you don’t have it that’s why you have many more people coming. They are coming like it’s a picnic, like ‘let’s go to Disney Land.’ President Obama separated children. I was the one who that changed it.”
Ironic edit-check: ‘said the president said‘ in the second graph. Actual reality of the lie, the bald-faced, pure lie —
FACT CHECK: Today, President Trump claimed the Obama administration started the policy of separating families at the southern U.S. border.
That's not true. https://t.co/svI2SXtrOc
— NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) April 9, 2019
And from PolitiFact last November, when the Trump blubbered the same thing:
Despite President Donald Trump’s repeated claims that the Obama administration separated immigrant children from their parents at the border the same way the Trump administration did, the facts remain unchanged: that’s not true.
Family separations under the Obama administration did happen, but immigration experts say they were relatively rare; under Trump’s administration they were the systematic result of a policy to prosecute all immigrants who crossed illegally into the United States.
Past administrations also separated children from the adults they arrived with in the United States.
But immigration experts said those separations were relatively rare and nowhere near the scale under the Trump administration.
And the second story is the nasty case of AG William Barr’s performance this morning before the House Appropriations Subcommittee — a display of arrogant, assholeness — but I’ll post later on that…
Now maybe/hopeful a beach-romp with the dogs…