Former First Lady Michelle Obama has just been caught in the act of fudging the truth.
According to the Associated Press, Obama made some “misleading” statements in a prerecorded address Monday to the Democratic National Convention — and it looks like she’s not being let off the hook for it this time.
According to the AP, Obama spoke Monday about President Donald Trump’s oft-criticized immigration policies, which, according to the former first lady, include tearing children “from their families” and throwing them “into cages.” But that’s not the whole story.
As the AP noted, Obama was “right that Trump’s now-suspended policy at the U.S.–Mexico border separated thousands of children from their families in ways that had not been done before.”
“But what she did not say is that the very same ‘cages’ were built and used in her husband’s administration, for the same purpose of holding migrant kids temporarily,” the AP reported, calling comments about Trump putting kids in cages “a matter that Democrats have persistently distorted.”
“The reference to cages is misleading,” the AP added. “Trump used facilities that were built during the Obama-Biden administration to house children at the border. They are chain-link enclosures inside border facilities where migrants were temporarily housed, separated by sex and age.”
The AP also said photos of children in cages were widely circulated at the height of the controversy over Trump’s border policies, but that those photos were outdated. Taken in 2014, the images “depicted some of the thousands of unaccompanied children held by President Barack Obama,” according to the AP.
While some Democrats and Trump critics have retracted their angry statements against the president in light of this news, others — like Mrs. Obama — have persisted in repeating the debunked trope, as the AP notes.
Trump didn’t invent cages
This is all despite the fact that the notion of Trump being the first to put children of immigrants in cages was debunked long ago by the Obama administration’s own Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. According to a report from The Daily Wire, Johnson has said repeatedly that such cages didn’t simply materialize the moment Trump took office.
“Very clearly, chain link, barriers, partitions, fences, cages, whatever you want to call them, were not invented on Jan. 20, 2017, OK?” he told reporters in 2019, according to The Daily Wire.
In a separate interview with CBS News, Johnson explained that “the partitions you see, some call them cages, are meant to separate the women from the men, the girls from the boys. But these were temporary,” he said, according to The Daily Wire. Even under Trump, such separations have been short-lived.
Looks like the Dems are putting their perception of the truth over the facts of the matter yet again. What a shame.