A few weeks ago, while the first stories of the Trump administration “ripping” children from their parents began hitting social media, Americans were shocked by the brutality and penitentiary-like conditions young kids separated from their parents had to endure.
Liberal luminaries from Shaun King to Linda Sarsour rushed to social media to express their shock and outrage over the Dickensian conditions that these poor youngsters were being kept in.
“I saw this photo floating around and didn’t know if it was real,” King tweeted on May 28. “It is.”
“Children of immigrants are being held in cages, like dogs, at ICE detention centers, sleeping on the floor. It is an abomination.
Surprisingly, given his long track record when it comes to these sorts of things, King did get one thing right: The pictures were real. That’s where things took a turn. See, had King clicked on the article the pictures were from and ascertained when it was published, he would have eventually come to the unfortunate conclusion that it dated from 2014 — you know, during the Obama administration.
Shaun King, in all fairness, is known to fall for all sorts of twaddle. Yet, he was far from the only one who didn’t recognize that the picture was from the Obama administration’s handling of the 2014 migrant crisis.
This makes me sad and angry. https://t.co/WM1m57iR8x
— Paolo Uggetti (@PaoloUggetti) May 27, 2018
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) May 27, 2018
Now, of course, none of these liberal authors or activists had much concern about what happened to illegal immigrant minors under the Obama administration. Which is surprising, because there was plenty to be concerned about, at least when it came to housing. In fact, the pictures seem to make the Trump administration’s accommodations look like a veritable Taj Mahal.
Ryan Saavedra of the Daily Wire collected just a few of the appalling photographs from that annus horribilis.
Where were Rachel Maddow's tears in 2014 when Obama detained mothers and children?
These photos are from the Obama-era. pic.twitter.com/FHsQg1xuYu
— Ryan Saavedra 🇺🇸 (@RealSaavedra) June 20, 2018
There was, alas, nothing like this from Ms. Maddow during that time frame:
These are some of the facilities that moved Ms. Maddow to tears:
And, while we can’t vouch for all of the facilities, you might think that a lachrymose reaction like Maddow’s would instead be reserved for children sleeping on floors in literal cages as opposed to dormitory-style style living.
Unfortunately, when the 2014 migrant crisis was covered on MSNBC, it usually had to do with the fact that what was happening wasn’t really a crisis at all, and insinuations to the contrary were the hallmarks of an unrepentant bigot. “You aren’t an unrepentant bigot, right?” MSNBC and CNN seemed to say in their dulcet tones. “Then let’s please stop talking about it, won’t we?”
Except now that we can’t stop talking about it, these damning pictures of how the Obama administration treated minors under its care should tell you quite a bit about the media’s priorities. In fact, we wouldn’t be talking about these pictures again had low-information activists not tried to pass these off as photojournalistic dispatches from the front lines of #TheResistance.
Four years on from their despicable handling of the last major immigration crisis, the Obama administration still hasn’t faced what, in 2018, we like to colloquially refer to as “a reckoning.”