Fox host Pete Hegseth suggested that the immigrant children being ripped from their parents are getting better than they deserve in detention with “school and soccer and video games and three squares and two snacks and plenty of sleep.”
On Fox & Friends this morning, Hegseth defended the Trump administration policy of taking immigrant children away from their parents by hinting they deserved the fate.
The context was an attack on Gen. Michael Hayden, former head of the CIA, who had ripped into the Trump administration’s policy with a tweet saying, “Other governments have separated mothers and children,” over a photograph of a concentration camp.
Hegseth, an informal adviser to Donald Trump, went ballistic:
HEGSETH: Just soak that in for a second. So we’re saying because we’re enforcing laws on the books temporarily separating kids from their parents—their parents who broke the law, by the way, by coming here illegally. And then while these kids are in temporary custody, they’re getting school and soccer and video games and three squares and two snacks and plenty of sleep and lots of good—that’s the same as exterminating 1.1 million Jews in gas chambers?
Of course, that’s not at all what Hayden was saying. As his follow up tweet makes clear, Hayden was issuing a warning about a policy of family separations:
This is Birkenau. Then Germany. Now Poland. NO ONE who now walks through that portal on that siding can casually believe that civilized behavior is guaranteed. pic.twitter.com/T1wLka18Vf— Gen Michael Hayden (@GenMhayden) June 16, 2018
Cohost Abby Huntsman began to say, “Right, but – “ but she was interrupted by Hegseth’s continued rant against Hayden.
HEGSETH: Michael Hayden, you’re an idiot. No literally, that’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. And that’s the debate that we’re in right—let’s talk about the policy of separating kids, fine. When you compare it to concentration camps, you’re derailing the discussion in a way we can’t even have it.
Well, if Hegseth doesn't want his Dear Leader's policies likened to concentration camps, maybe Trump shouldn’t have policies that mimic them.
Watch Hegseth defend the indefensible below, from the June 17, 2018 Fox & Friends, via Media Matters.
That’s the scariest thing here: That he thinks Hitler only killed 1.1 million Jews.
If these fools lived in the time of Hitler they would defend Nazi Germany.
NOTE TO FOX AND FRIENDS
The name should be changed to ‘SS FOX AND FRIENDS.’
Y’all get my drift, eh?
My in-laws immigrated here from Germany in 1957.
She was in Hitler Youth and he thought Hitler was a great leader until the day he died.
The stories I’ve heard about Hitlers rise over the 40 years I knew them are straight from the horse’s mouth and are first hand accounts.
And Trump and his administration need to have a close eye kept on them and their doings.
What is the old saying?
Something about ignoring history and being forced to repeat it?
Critics of Trump’s amoral policy? Well, they’re smeared as extremists by painting them all as being in Hayden’s camp. Funny, I’ve watched many hours of liberal MSNBC on this and screaming “Nazi” isn’t really a thing.
The “criminals” scumbag Pete ‘I Spend Contributions on Christmas Parties and Nepotism’ Hegseth refers to committed a misdemeanor. Misdemeanors typically do not result in loss of civil rights. Except in Der Furor’s America… whoops!… there I go shouting “Nazi”! 🤣 [Sorry for the intentional sarcasm.]
Not to mention it’s debatable if this has anything to do with breaking the law because immigrants legally showing up at a port of entry and applying for asylum are getting the same treatment. Did ‘fair and balanced’ “Fox & Friends” mention that? No? Whoops… I’m sure it was an unintentional oversight on their part [not].