The Washington Post describes the horror in pictures for those for whom words aren’t outrageous enough. We are unable to reproduce the pictures here because of copyright limitations, but here are the words:
A little girl from Honduras stares into the camera, her young features contorted in anguish. She’s barefoot, dusty, and clad only in a diaper and T-shirt. And she’s just had to run from clouds of choking tear gas fired across the border by U.S. agents.
A second photograph, which also circulated widely and rapidly on social media, shows an equally anguished woman frantically trying to drag the same child and a second toddler away from the gas as it spreads.
These are just a handful of the images and descriptions of Sunday’s futile efforts by Central American migrants to storm the U.S. border at at San Ysidro and of the border patrol’s response. The Left reacted instantly and predictably, focusing their rage on the man who gave the order to use smoke pellets to disperse the crowds:
— Ellen (@EllenMignone) November 26, 2018
He lives his cruelty on display! He has lived for this moment!
— transplant girl (@karenannmilo) November 26, 2018
He feeds off these images. He is like. …… Beelzebub!
— The Thirteenth Floor (@BresiCheryl) November 26, 2018
You’d think from tweets like these — and there are plenty worse — that Donald Trump is evil incarnate: that the events that unfolded on Sunday are unprecedented. That they are not is evidenced by a report by NBC News San Diego that describes a nearly identical confrontation between U.S federal agents and migrants intent on rushing the border. As was the case yesterday, the crowd hurled rocks and bottles at members of the U.S. Border Patrol, who responded with pepper spray and other means. Even the location — the border town of San Ysidro — was the same.
The date of the article — Nov. 25, 2013 — reveals one key difference, and that is the identity of the president who sanctioned the use of tear gas. Needless to say, the criticism of Barack Obama (whose name doesn’t appear in the NBC article) was not merely more measured. It was non-existent.