Shaun King, Linda Sarsour and other liberals thought they were criticizing the Trump administration on Sunday when they tweeted a picture of immigrant minors sleeping in a caged enclosure, but it turned out they were inadvertently tweeting a photo that occurred during the Obama administration instead.
In an apparent attempt to criticize the Trump administration’s treatment of unaccompanied children at the U.S. border with Mexico, former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau tweeted a link to an AZCentral.com article entitled “First glimpse of immigrant children at holding facility.”
“This is happening right now, and the only debate that matters is how we force our government to get these kids back to their families as fast as humanly possible,” Favreau wrote in a now-deleted tweet, which included a disturbing image of two immigrant minors sleeping in a caged enclosure.
But the Arizona Central article was from 2014 — during Obama’s presidency.
Others, including Shaun King and Linda Sarsour, were quick to pounce on the Trump administration’s supposed treatment of immigrants in custody.
I saw this photo floating around and didn’t know if it was real.
Children of immigrants are being held in cages, like dogs, at ICE detention centers, sleeping on the floor. It’s an abomination.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) May 27, 2018
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) May 27, 2018
King and Sarsour weren’t the only ones tweeting about the photo:
This makes me sad and angry. https://t.co/WM1m57iR8x
— Paolo Uggetti (@PaoloUggetti) May 27, 2018
The US Govt is holding migrant children in small cages like they are animals–just as 45 describes them.
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) May 27, 2018
Showing immigrant children being held in what’s basically a kennel. https://t.co/1RuYWy6UaI
— T. Christian Miller (@txtianmiller) May 27, 2018
A Look Inside Our Guantanmo for Kids. How much longer will America tolerate this?https://t.co/Sg1UWc8G6Y
— Jeffrey St. Clair (@JSCCounterPunch) May 27, 2018
How can we as human beings allow this. ? This cannot continue or we are not human. this is evil …sick crime against Humanity ..we are responsible .. we must stop this now https://t.co/L9TbA0qp37 https://t.co/L9TbA0qp37
— Rosanna Arquette (@RoArquette) May 27, 2018