Lately, the word unity has been on the minds and tongues of Democrats. It’s a key ingredient, they claim, that has been lacking in the current administration. Turning Congress from red to blue, they submit, will make the fractured nation whole again.
While on the campaign trail over the weekend, their former spiritual leader, Barack Obama, showed everyone how achieving unity is done. Dressed in shirt sleeves to prove he meant business, Obama engaged in a game of tit for tat. He sarcastically told Wisconsinites who had assembled for a campaign rally in Milwaukee:
In the last election it was Hillary’s emails. ‘This is terrible.’ ‘Hillary’s emails!’ We were hearing Hillary’s emails everywhere. They didn’t care about emails. And you know how you know? Because if they did, they’d be up in arms right now as the Chinese are listening to the president’s iPhone that he leaves in his golf cart. It turns out, I guess it wasn’t that important.
On Sunday, Obama moved on to another weakness, apart from the capacity to unify, that in his view mars the Republican party. That weakness is a lack of compassion. Watch and Listen.
Barack Obama: “I’d like to think there are compassionate conservatives out there who think there’s nothing compassionate about ripping immigrant children from the arms of their mothers at the border and putting them in pens.” https://t.co/TasnDghn94 pic.twitter.com/1MjV1YjZ5K
— The Hill (@thehill) October 28, 2018
The irony here is thick enough to cut with a knife. As was widely noted here and elsewhere at the height of the family separation debate, Obama’s administration was not only guilty of separating children from their parents but of putting them in “pens.” The photo at the top of the page, which was widely circulated by the Left as a demonstration of Donald Trump’s inhumanity, was actually published in the Arizona Republic in 2014 — halfway through Obama’s second term.
His own Homeland Security Secretary, Jeh Johsnon, openly conceded on NBC News in June of this year that the Obama administration had expanded child detention centers:
[I]n 2014 – to deal with the spike then with the families – we did a number of things; including by the way, working with the government of Mexico and obtaining their cooperation on securing their southern border, uh, but we also expanded family detention, which was, I freely admit, controversial.