The nerve of it! Last week, the Los Angeles Times reported on a migrant shelter in Brownsville, Texas, that opened in a re-converted Walmart. If it wasn’t bad enough that these muchachos were intercepted at the border by U.S. federal agents and bused to this shelter, one entire wall of the building was given over to a mural of the guy they have been told is uniquely responsible for their incarceration.
The message in both Spanish and English informs the young readers that “sometimes by losing the battle, you find a new way to win the war.”
Actually the kids don’t have it so bad, as even the Times admits: The 1,469 youths housed there sleep on cots in dorm-style bedrooms — beats the accommodations they encountered during their weeks with the “caravan” — and the federales even provided them with a soccer field.
But then there’s that painting of the fearless leader to bring them back to earth.
The comments from Trump critics (via Twitchy) focused on the irony:
Our dictator has put murals up for the migrant children to see as they are taken from their parents. This is not America.
“”Kids would tell me it was an odd image to see, that it scared them. They didn't like it.”” https://t.co/rL6GyjYYmh
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) June 14, 2018
Please read this entire thread . This is terrible. Shameful. The Trump mural is outrageous. Who authorized it ? Was taxpayer money used? On whose orders https://t.co/SnRGKWTbex
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) June 14, 2018
This is a must-read thread, and incredibly disturbing… a child “detention center,” in America, complete with a Trump propaganda mural on the wall… https://t.co/y1LKNLsVFZ
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) June 14, 2018
There’s just one small detail omitted by the Times that might place the mural in a different light. Namely, the paper overlooked the adornments on other walls of the shelter:
Here are some of the other presidents at the Brownsville center, which media forgot to mention. Obama, JFK, Lincoln… pic.twitter.com/RIy5QJdTHT
— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) June 17, 2018
Something suggests that even if the Times had provided pictures of Obama, JFK, and Lincoln, the Trump haters would have still found something to complain about.