Since before he was even elected, then-candidate, now-President Donald Trump has long called attention to and highlighted the humanitarian and national security crisis at the U.S. southern border with Mexico.
Trump even went so far as to engage in a prolonged standoff with Democrats and a partial government shutdown in order to obtain the necessary funding to properly address the crisis with increased border security infrastructure and more resources for dealing with the growing numbers of illegal aliens coming across the border.
At the time of the shutdown, elected Democrats and prominent liberal media figures summarily dismissed Trump’s insistence of a “crisis” at the border and asserted that there was no crisis whatsoever, or, at best, a “manufactured crisis” solely of President Trump’s creation.
But almost overnight, those same elected Democrats and media talking heads have suddenly embraced the term “crisis” to describe the current situation at the border.
The Washington Free Beacon just compiled a hilarious “that was then, this is now” video featuring many of those prominent figures offering up contradictory statements back-to-back on the matter.
“He’s lied so much about the realities of what he’s calling a crisis,” CNN’s Chris Cuomo said in January. But in June, Cuomo told fellow CNN host Anderson Cooper, “I have never seen a crisis, since maybe when you were in New Orleans talking about (Hurricane) Katrina, that was as openly understood and ignored.”
“Tonight, the president tries to sell a crisis that the facts tell us does not exist,” MSNBC’s Brian Williams said in February ahead of the president’s State of the Union address. But three months later in May, Williams said, “This entire situation, which many have argued is a ‘bona fide crisis’ at our southern border.”
“The big scam of the whole address was that there’s a crisis. There’s not a crisis,” MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace said in January after Trump’s Oval Office address to the nation about the border situation.
Fast-forward to Monday of this week, and Wallace referenced a New York Times article about detention facility conditions and said the headline included “powerful words written to describe the humanitarian crisis at the border.”
“She’s already been out lying about a crisis on the southern border,” MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said in January about former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. But just last week, Scarborough said of Trump, “He’s doing a much worse job than (former President) Barack Obama, and he’s created this crisis.”
“And the word ‘crisis’ is what this is all about for Team Trump. He’s got to prove that there is one,” CNN’s Erin Burnett said in January during the shutdown, using finger quotes to highlight the word.
Just a couple of weeks ago, however, Burnett — no longer using air quotes — said, “Move aside for a moment the blame or why we are suddenly having this crisis right now.”
“Manufactured crisis. Yes, I said manufactured crisis,” CNN’s Don Lemon said in January. But earlier in June, Lemon said, “It’s a crisis, and we want to drill down on some of the numbers from this humanitarian crisis.”
There was a clip of Democratic House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer in February when he said, “There is no crisis at the border,” followed by a clip of Hoyer agreeing with a reporter’s summation of the border situation as a “crisis” with regard to a spending bill being considered.
There were also similar clips of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi both saying in January that there was no border crisis, followed respectively by recent clips of them urging more action to address the “crisis,” and in Pelosi’s case, a ludicrous denial that Democrats had ever suggested there wasn’t a crisis at the border.
The stunning hypocrisy on display in this brief compilation from the media talking heads and Democratic leaders would be laughable, were the very real and longstanding crisis situation not so serious and even life-threatening for both our nation’s security and economic well-being, but for the men and women and children attempting to illegally cross the border as well.
One can only wonder what has prompted this about-face from these liberals — or their apparent belief that Americans are too stupid to remember what they said just a few months ago. But it is possible that the sheer evidence of the crisis that has been mounting and can no longer be ignored has finally garnered their attention.
That — or the absurd spoutings of the new unofficial Democratic leader, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, invoking the Holocaust to describe border detention facilities and cast aspersions on the Trump administration — has served as a sort of marching order and talking point for these liberal puppets who know nothing other than to read the script in front of them on paper or a teleprompter.
Either way, it is as damning as it is disturbing, and every single one of them featured in that video should be ashamed of themselves — assuming, of course, they have any shame to begin with.
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