While Fox News slobbers over Donald Trump’s slurs as “taking on” political correctness, it’s a whole different story when Hillary Clinton questions Trump’s plan to deport millions of immigrants by suggesting he’d round them up in box cars.
In a Fox News “immigration” special that seemed designed to warm Trump’s heart, host Shannon Bream led off with “a closer look at one of the most controversial proposals, Donald Trump’s suggestion that as president he would seek to force all illegal immigrants living in the U.S. to leave.”
But before that, Bream used Trump’s proposal as a fig leaf to bash Hillary Clinton. Bream continued, “Critics have pounced on the proposal today. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton evoked one of the most terrifying and despicable images of the Holocaust to go after Republicans on this very issue.”
Bream played a clip.
CLINTON: I find it the height of irony that a party which espouses small government would want to unleash a massive law-enforcement effort, including, perhaps, National Guard and others, to go and literally pull people out of their homes and their workplaces, round them up, put them—I don’t know—in buses, boxcars, in order to take them across our border. I just find that not only absurd but appalling.
The sole guest for this segment was Marc Thiessen, a former George W. Bush speechwriter who showed nothing but love for Trump and hate for Clinton.
Bream started with a loaded question that ignored Clinton’s point – but which nicely set up an attack on her: “Maybe I missed it,” Bream said sarcastically, “Which candidate has proposed using National Guardsmen to go in and drag and put them in quote, boxcars, to get them out of the country?”
“Not a single one,” Thiessen said self-righteously.
Well, of course they didn’t and Clinton never said they had. Her point, as both Bream and Thiessen were surely intelligent enough to know, was that the proposal to rid the country of people here illegally would “unleash a massive law-enforcement effort” that would involve rounding them up and shipping them off in some kind of mass exodus. It’s the same point Bill O’Reilly made to Donald Trump, on Fox News, on August 18:
O’REILLY: Do you envision federal police kicking in the doors in barrios around the country, dragging families out and putting them on a bus? Do you envision that?
Both Bream and Thiessen neatly ignored O'Reilly while fixating on Clinton. In fact, they didn’t even discuss how anybody would go about deporting all those people. Instead, Thiessen went on to attack Clinton’s rhetoric. Plus, Thiessen went on to bring up Elian Gonzalez, the Cuban boy whose mother died while the two of them fled Cuba and whom Bill Clinton forcibly wrested from his unyielding American relatives in Florida in order to reunite him with his father.
Of course, we saw photos of the feds seizing the frightened – with no mention, as O’Reilly made, that Trump, et al. are proposing Gonzalez times millions.
“How worried do you think she should be about some of this terminology she’s using?” Bream “wondered.” Which just happened to open the door for new attacks on Clinton: “This is rhetoric that is unfit for presidential campaign” and “She is using the most heinous language you could possibly have in a presidential campaign. It’s appalling,” Thiessen scolded
Really? This is worse than Trump making a rash of personal attacks on a debate moderator because he didn’t like the question she asked him? Worse than attacking Senator John McCain’s service record as a POW? Worse than giving out the cell phone number of rival Senator Lindsey Graham? If Bream noticed the double standard, she didn't mention it.
Finally, at 5:40 into the 8:26 segment, Bream got around to talking about the subject of mass deportation. She noted that Trump, although he did not give specifics, suggested that’s what he plans before letting the “good ones” back in.
But in talking up Trump’s proposal, which Thiessen claimed was similar to one a few Democrats and the New York Times once endorsed, now blatantly suggested that Trump’s rhetoric doesn’t count.
THIESSEN: People are very focused on his rhetoric, which is heated. …Mrs. Clinton are those Democrats Nazis? Because that’s what you’re saying about them. …Trump, his rhetoric is much more heated than what he’s actually proposing. He keeps saying, “I’ve got a big heart.” And what he’s talking about really is… a form of amnesty except you have to go out of the country in order to get it.
Bream didn’t note that double standard either.
Watch it below, from the August 28 The Kelly File.
I think not!
As to the Elian Gonzalez situation, these douches obviously forgot that Gonzalez was brought to this country AGAINST HIS WILL (the fact that he was a Cuban also makes the whole scene work differently—Cubans who ILLEGALLY set foot on US soil before any government agents could intercept them were allowed, by an act of Congress back in the 1960s, to stay here; because, you know, they were “political” refugees) and his father, who was still in Cuba, wanted him returned. If Gonzalez had stayed in the US, he would’ve been placed with relatives HE DIDN’T KNOW. (You know how it feels when you go to a family reunion and the only people you know are your own parents and grandparents? Well, Elian didn’t even have THAT luxury.) The US also had a problem that if it deliberately interfered with returning Elian, then it threatened possibly millions of custody situations where one parent (especially non-custodial) had fled with their child to a foreign country and the US tried to press for the child to be returned. The thinking was “Why should we force this parent to return his/her child to the US when the US illegally kept a child apart from his living parent?”
US courts have consistently ruled that a LIVING parent should have custody if the custodial parent dies barring extraneous circumstances (such as the previous non-custodial parent had been abusive or had a serious criminal record).
It should also be remembered that CONservatives WANTED to keep the “illegal” child then which is quite the exact opposite of what tRump has been publicly saying. The Donald wants to deport kids who were born IN this country (with no say in the matter) as well as their parents.
But the one consistency you can depend on when it comes to CONservatives is their complete inconsistency on virtually every issue. And these douches just keep on proving the truth of that axiom.
What a snivelling snot.
Was probably grade school hall monitor.
In addition to ignoring what BOR said and giving Trump a pass on his insipid remarks, where were you, Bream and Thiessan (and the other FOX “news” talkers), when GOP Presidential candidate Huckabee “evoked one of the most terrifying and despicable images of the Holocaust”, hmm? If there was outrage from the FOX “news” talking heads over the Huckster’s Holocaust comment the way there is over Hiallry’s, I must have missed it.
Huckabee: "This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history,” Huckabee said. “It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.” (July 26, 2015)