On his “Focal Point” radio program yesterday, the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer and his producer, Jeff Reed, defended the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents when they cross the southern border on the grounds that the parents are committing “child abuse” by bringing their children into the country illegally in the first place.
“I don’t want to hear any of this stuff about the inhumane treatment of children on the border,” Fischer declared, arguing that separating families is no different than placing children in foster care if their parents are put in prison, insisting that requiring children to be incarcerated along with their parents would be truly inhumane.
“You might even be able to make the case that any adult or parent that forced their children on a march across the desert, putting themselves at risk to a lot of dangers—thirst and attacks and all that—just to go break some other country’s law, wouldn’t that be a form of child abuse?” Reed postulated. “If an American parent did that, we’d probably be taking the child away.”
Fischer completely agreed, insisting that Democrats “are just using these children” to distract Americans from the Inspector General’s report on the FBI’s handling of its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.
“They don’t care about these children,” Fischer said. “They don’t have compassion for these children. These children, to them, are simply useful tools to demonize Donald Trump, to demonize you and me as conservatives who believe in the rule of law, and to distract the American public from the scandal of what the Inspector General revealed about the Department of Justice.”