Monday, June 6, 2016

Bernie Sanders Can't Stop Lying

Bernie Sanders tweeted these two messages out last night:

They refer to a position Hillary Clinton took in late 2015, which was intended to stop families in Central America from sending unaccompanied children to the United States:

Hillary Clinton this week defended her call to deport children from the U.S. who are fleeing violence in Central America.

Speaking at a press conference in Las Vegas on Tuesday, the former secretary of state and candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination said that deporting the children, many of whom are seeking asylum, would send a “responsible message” that would deter Central American families from sending their children to the United States.

“Specifically with respect to children on the border, if you remember, we had an emergency, and it was very important to send a message to families in Central America: Do not let your children take this very dangerous journey,” Clinton said.

Now that the border crisis has largely passed, however, Clinton said U.S. immigration authorities should focus on expediting the deportation cases of children and people locked in family detention.

Her position was humanitarian in nature, but easily misrepresented. Whenever someone attacks Hillary for taking a position that looks like it goes against her humanitarian principles, your bullshit radar should go off because that's how hit pieces get started--they slice some aspect of what she's said out of context and try to make hay out of it. Here's an update for the Sanders campaign, by the way. She made these statements during a March debate with Bernie Sanders in Miami:

Hillary Clinton’s pledge not to deport any illegal immigrants except violent criminals and terrorists represents a major break from President Obama, and it could vastly increase the number of people who would be allowed to stay in the country.

The declaration this week from the Democratic presidential front-runner drew praise from immigrant rights groups, which have largely given up hope on pushing legislation that would create a path to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants. Many activists have sought in recent months to push Obama and his potential Democratic successors for stronger executive actions.

Clinton’s position, which she described during Wednesday’s Washington Post-Univision debate, gives her an effective way to energize Hispanic voters, particularly in contrast to calls by Republican front-runner Donald Trump for mass deportations. But it was not clear Thursday whether, as president, she would be able to keep the promise.

It would seem that they cannot stop cherry-picking things out of her vast and more relevant record for getting things done, and I guess very little is going to change in the months ahead. More fodder for the Trump people, of course. Look for more of these shenanigans before tomorrow's vote in California.

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