On Wednesday, Democrats on the House Oversight Committee will “hold a hearing examining how the Trump Administration’s deterrence policies are creating a humanitarian crisis and jeopardizing the health and safety of the migrant children and families.” The hearing, called “Kids in Cages: Inhumane Treatment at the Border” will start at 2:30 p.m on Wednesday, July 10th.
The hearing was announced on Twitter on Tuesday, and there was something very interesting about the graphic they used to promote it:
House Democrats are promoting their "civil rights" hearing on "kids in cages" and "inhumane treatment" with a photo from 2014, when Joe Biden was Vice President. So dishonest! pic.twitter.com/Exuj1eudrr
— Trump War Room – Text WOKE to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) July 9, 2019
As the Trump campaign noted, “House Democrats are promoting their ‘civil rights’ hearing on ‘kids in cages’ and ‘inhumane treatment’ with a photo from 2014, when Joe Biden was Vice President.”
The photo used in the graphic was taken June 18, 2014, and shows rows of children in cages, sleeping on the floor. The Associated Press fact-checked this photo a year ago when it was used to criticize Trump policies.
After the GOP Oversight Committee pointed out that House Democrats had used an Obama/Biden era photo in their graphic, the tweet was deleted. Talk about an embarrassing mistake. House Democrats essentially said they were launching an investigation into abuses that occurred while frontrunner Joe Biden was vice president. Unfortunately, it’s clear that Democrats are less concerned about the treatment of immigrant children and families than they are about trying to score political points during a presidential campaign. If they really cared about immigrant children, they would have been outraged when Obama built the cages for immigrant children, separated families at the border, used tear gas on immigrants, let immigrant children into the hands of human traffickers, and kept kids in unsafe and unsanitary conditions.
Matt Margolis is the author of the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. His new book, Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy, will be published on July 30, 2019. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis