Now which Republican (or was it a neo-Nazi — it’s hard to tell the difference these days) said something so heartless back in 2014? Was it Donald Trump? No, it couldn’t have been him. His view toward the nation’s broken immigration laws hasn’t really changed.
It couldn’t have been John “The Spoiler” McCain, either because he’s always been a contrarian to the opinions of party in which he claims membership.
Fortunately, a video exists that solves the mystery. Behold:
Sure enough, it was Hillary “It Takes a Village” Clinton. As she nears the end of her publicity tour to promote her 2016 presidential campaign postmortem titled “What Happened,” this three-year-old video has suddenly found a second life.
As Jon Levine of Mediaite notes, the comments were made during an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that represented a leg on Clinton’s promotional tour for a previous book, “Hard Choices.”
During the exchange, Clinton had some tough words for the children of illegal immigrants, including waves of unaccompanied minors coming in 2014 — telling Amanpour that the United States was a nation of laws and that they probably had to go.
“We have to send a clear message, just because your child gets across the border, that doesn’t mean the child gets to stay,” said Clinton “So, we don’t want to send a message that is contrary to our laws or will encourage more children to make that dangerous journey.”
“So, you’re saying they should be sent back now?” Amanpour inquired.
“Well, they should be sent back as soon as it can be determined who responsible adults in their families are, because there are concerns whether all of them should be sent back,” said Clinton. “But I think all of them who can be should be reunited with their families.”
But in fairness to Clinton, at least she has remained consistent and steadfast in her views on the problem of children sneaking across the southern border, right? Er, well …
While the GOP focuses on villifying immigrants, Hillary will fight to protect DACA/DAPA and pass comprehensive immigration reform.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 14, 2015
Thanks to DREAMers' courage & resolve, #DACA has allowed thousands of young people to contribute to our society. We're better for it. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 15, 2015
The 5th Circuit is wrong on immigration. SCOTUS should uphold DACA/DAPA so millions of families can stop living in fear. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 10, 2015
Since these tweets were posted during the run-up to the 2016 election, it’s possible that Hillary made these statements because it was the politic thing to do, not because she embraced these ideas. That would seem to fit a pattern.