Donald Trump’s brutal and inhuman treatment of immigrant children continues to cause outrage across the American political spectrum, leading to questions about whether the former U.S. Presidents – all of whom strongly disagree with Trump’s policies based on their own records – could do any good by speaking out. There’s a risk that doing so could muddy the waters in partisan fashion and distract from the real issue at hand. But former First Lady Laura Bush is breaking her silence in a major way.
Laura Bush is calling out Donald Trump for forcibly separating immigrant kids from their parents and placing them in shoddy housing ranging from a former Walmart to tent cities, calling it “cruel” and “immoral.” She’s comparing Donald Trump’s treatment of immigrant children to the Japanese internment camps of World War II, which she refers to as “one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history.”
Mrs. Bush said this of the inhumane conditions: “while there were beds, toys, crayons, a playground and diaper changes, the people working at the shelter had been instructed not to pick up or touch the children to comfort them. Imagine not being able to pick up a child who is not yet out of diapers.” She also added that “If we are truly that country, then it is our obligation to reunite these detained children with their parents — and to stop separating parents and children in the first place.”
Donald Trump has admitted that he’s been rounding up the immigrant kids so he can use them as a bargaining chip to try to force Congress to cave to the rest of his failed legislative agenda. It’s becoming more clear by the day that he severely miscalculated. Instead of working as leverage in his favor, the immigrant child concentration camps have become a nationwide rallying cry against him.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report