The Associated Press did a fact check on a portion of Michelle Obama’s keynote speech last night at the DNC and essentially called her out for not telling the whole truth when she addressed Trump separating ‘children in cages’ at the border:
AP – Michelle Obama assailed President Donald Trump on Monday for ripping migrant children from their parents and throwing them into cages, picking up on a frequent and distorted point made widely by Democrats.
She’s right that Trump’s now-suspended policy at the U.S.-Mexico border separated thousands of children from their families in ways that had not been done before. But what she did not say is that the very same “cages” were built and used in her husband’s administration, for the same purpose of holding migrant kids temporarily.
A look at her remark in the keynote address at the opening night of the remote Democratic National Convention:
MICHELLE OBAMA, on Americans: “They watch in horror as children are torn from their families and thrown into cages.”
THE FACTS: The reference to cages is misleading and a matter that Democrats have persistently distorted.
Trump used facilities that were built during the Obama-Biden administration to house children at the border. They are chain-link enclosures inside border facilities where migrants were temporarily housed, separated by sex and age.
At the height of the controversy over Trump’s zero-tolerance policy at the border, photos that circulated online of children in the enclosures generated great anger. But those photos — by The Associated Press — were taken in 2014 and depicted some of the thousands of unaccompanied children held by President Barack Obama.
When that fact came to light, some Democrats and activists who had tweeted the photos deleted their tweets. But prominent Democrats have continued to cite cages for children as a distinctive cruelty of Trump.
Color me stunned that the Associated Press even pointed this out. I can’t believe that they actually fact checked Michelle Obama’s speech either.
And what’s even more mind boggling is that they are right about this, that Obama, her husband, is the one who created all of these ‘cages’ in the first place and then used them to separate children at the border as well. I love how they even noted that the photos that went around to indict Trump were actually from the Obama years.
But despite the AP pointing out her lies, I’m sure that newsers and pundits all over the fake news media will just ignore this and continue to pretend like her speech was the best thing they’ve ever heard.