For the Trump Administration, Cruelty is a Feature, not a Bug

Don’t let them fool you. They’re not backtracking now because they realized their policies are cruel. They’re reversing course because we spoke out against their cruel policies.

The Trump Administration intended to do harm when it started separating families. When they were talking to their base, the people who welcome and even delight in cruelty against a population they consider unwelcome, they told the truth. They were doing this for deterrence. They wanted to convince the people seeking asylum – escaping horrific conditions in Central America’s Northern Triangle – that it isn’t worth coming here. That coming to the U.S. will be worse than staying in a home country oppressed by violence and crime. And so they started taking their children. And Jeff Sessions ordered immigration judges to deny asylum to those trying to escape gang violence, which is by far the biggest threat in Central America today. This is not the first time the U.S. has embraced cruel policies, and the question facing us now is: Will it be the last time? We hold the answer to that question. It will end if enough of us stand up, fight back and – critically – vote. Then, and only then, will we succeed in taking our country back, and reclaiming the values that made America the greatest country on earth.

Tom McClintock embraces every cruel policy this Administration advances. This is one of the many reasons we oppose Tom McClintock. California’s Fourth District, and this country, deserve better.

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