With the GOP currently imploding thanks to its own wretchedness, it’s difficult to remember that the Republican party didn’t always use to stand for scum and villainy.
Enter, John McCain who demanded this Monday that the Trump administration end its “zero-tolerance” border policy at the U.S. southern border, labeling the policy which separates families “an affront to the decency of the American people.”
The administration’s current family separation policy is an affront to the decency of the American people, and contrary to principles and values upon which our nation was founded. The administration has the power to rescind this policy. It should do so now.
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) June 18, 2018
McCain’s stunning act of defiance comes as the administration attempts to defend itself from a barrage of bipartisan backlash.
Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski also called upon the administration to end the policy on Monday, and GOP Senator Ted Cruz announced he would set in motion a legislation to end the heinous practice.
“While I have said that this is a policy discussion that needs to be had, in my view we should not have a policy designed to separate families, particularly mothers with young children, without a clear process and focus on the needs of the children,” Murkowski said in a statement.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders attempted to fight back against the engulfing criticisms during the White House press briefing on Monday, suggesting that the administration was only enforcing the law, and blamed Congress for not changing the laws pertaining to the policy.
“We’re not the ones responsible for creating this problem. We’ve inherited it,” Sanders said. “But we’re actually the first administration stepping up and trying to fix it.”
Unsurprisingly, what Sanders so valiantly argued is completely false, the policy to separate families at the border is not a law, it is a directive set in place by the Trump administration under Jeff Sessions authority, so “following the law” has nothing to do with it.
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