Moths to the flame

Trump’s lies get crazier by the day.

President Trump remained resistant on Monday in the face of growing public outcry over his administration’s policy of separating children from their parents at the border, repeating the false assertion that Democrats were the ones to blame for it, and suggesting that criminals — not parents — were toting juveniles to the United States.

“They could be murderers and thieves and so much else,” Mr. Trump said of the people crossing the border, as he delivered somewhat incongruous remarks during a meeting of the National Space Council on Monday. “We want a safe country, and it starts with the borders, and that’s the way it is.”

“Somewhat incongruous”…aka batshit insane arbitrary off the wall off topic.

Not to mention the irony of a snakepit of crime like Trump pretending to think immigrants are mostly murderers. We do want a safe country: a country safe from the venom and hatred fomented by this pestilent angry baby.

In a series of tweets and speeches on Monday, Mr. Trump instead relied on fear to curry support for a “zero tolerance” policy that refers for criminal prosecution all immigrants apprehended crossing the border without authorization. The president used the threat of gang violence and other crime, and a change in the fabric of American culture as a means to stoke support among supporters and push Congress into figuring out a way to drum up funding for his long-promised border wall.

“Children are being used by some of the worst criminals on earth as a means to enter our country,” he wrote. “Has anyone been looking at the Crime taking place south of the border. It is historic, with some countries the most dangerous places in the world. Not going to happen in the U.S.”

Not joined-up thinking but just a series of furious barks. Crimnalz! CCCrime! South! Most dangerous!

Across the country, senior administration members echoed his message, equating a rise in border crossings with a rise in crime and suggesting that the people who were separated at the border were not families at all.

In a speech at a law enforcement conference in New Orleans on Monday, Kirstjen Nielsen, the secretary of homeland security, piggybacked on the president’s claim, and said that between October and February, there was a 315 percent increase in the number of undocumented immigrants “fraudulently” using “unaccompanied alien children” to pose as a family unit in order to enter the United States.

They always say something like that. That’s the prelude to “ethnic cleansing” and genocide. There are always accusations and generalizations of that kind. It’s an excuse for herding, selecting, segregating, isolating, detaining, interning, and if nothing interrupts, killing. That’s the ticking bomb Kirstjen Nielsen is batting around.

The large percentage that Ms. Nielsen cited refers to a sliver of overall data: During that time frame, there were 191 cases of fraudulent family claims reported, up from 46 cases for all of 2017, when more than 303,000 crossing attempts were recorded. Still, Ms. Nielsen, who on Sunday said that the administration did not actually have a policy of separating families, held firm.

“We do not have the luxury of pretending that all individuals coming to this country as a family unit are in fact a family,” Ms. Nielsen said. “This administration has a simple message: If you cross the border illegally, we will prosecute you.”

It’s not a “luxury.”

We’re well on the way to becoming an outlaw pariah state like South Africa at this rate. It’s taken him only a year and a half to get this far.

In another tweet, Mr. Trump looked to Germany, one of America’s closest allies, to warn the public about what might happen if the policy [were] relaxed. The president falsely claimed that crime in Germany is on the rise, and railed against immigration policies in Europe

“The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition,” Mr. Trump wrote. “Crime in Germany is way up. Big mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture!”

While Mr. Trump’s assessment of Germany’s crime problems is not accurate — crime in the country is the lowest since 1992, according to the most recent German data available — the brutal murder of a 14-year-old German girl has fueled Ms. Merkel’s opponents who are against the country’s migration policies that provide entry to some 10,000 asylum seekers each month.

Over the weekend, Mr. Trump spoke with Viktor Orban, the Hungarian prime minister who is known for his anti-immigration rhetoric. Both men agreed that strong borders are needed, according to the White House.

It’s our heritage.

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