English journalist Piers Morgan wrote a sobering op-ed for the Daily Mail on Monday, pointing out the hypocrisy of people criticizing President Donald Trump for his decisive action at the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday.
What are the details?
In his missive, Morgan wrote that while the images of people — including children — fleeing from the border are "horrendous," former President Barack Obama's Border Patrol pepper-sprayed illegal immigrants in 2013 and pointed to parents for the blame of their children's exposure to tear gas.
U.S. Border Patrol agents, on the order of the Trump administration, used tear gas to prevent migrants from breaching the U.S.-Mexico border at Tijuana on Sunday.
Despite the chief patrol agent of the San Diego Border Patrol sector telling CNN that the “vast majority” of migrants the agency is dealing with are adult males and that the violent group threw rocks at agents on Sunday, the Trump administration received a lot of blowback for the decision to deploy tear gas at the crowd.
“Children were screaming and coughing in the mayhem,” The Associated Press reported on Sunday.
Throwing teargas at asylum seekers? Unconscionable. pic.twitter.com/1FoTejTGjZ
— Iris Gibson (@iris_gibson89) November 25, 2018
In his essay, Morgan wrote, "Within minutes [of the attempted breach], breaking news flashed around the world: 'Trump teargasses defenseless migrant women and kids!'"
"Cable news moved swiftly to saturation coverage of the latest outrage by the man they consider the most outrageous president America’s ever seen," he added, and pointed to the many leftist celebrities who hurled foul-mouth insults at the president and his administration.
What about Obama's actions?
Morgan went on to point out the hypocrisy in the left-wing celebrities' sentiments, since Obama did something similar in 2013 — at the exact same place.
The incident occurred Nov. 24, 2013, when approximately 100 people attempted to illegally cross the border near the San Ysidro, California, port of entry.
Those people in the group threw both rocks and bottles at border agents. Those agents responded by pepper spraying the crowd, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
"Obama had indeed done the same thing, albeit with his border agents using pepper spray not tear gas, at the same exact place," Morgan wrote. "In fact, by a very weird coincidence, it was on the exact same month and day.
"The only difference is that nobody seemed to care very much, and certainly not Alyssa Milano or her celebrity friends for whom Obama can never do any wrong," he added.
Morgan also went on to point out his particular issue with "the liberal outrage over everything Trump does" — that he believes it's "very, very selective."
He then went on to detail former President Obama's deportations, which Morgan said was "more ... in his 8-year tenure than any other president in the history of the United States."
"He was so zealous in his mission, he threw out over [3 million] people and earned himself the nickname 'Deporter-in-Chief in Mexico,'" Morgan added. "This was no accident; illegal immigration was something Obama had always felt very strongly about."
Morgan also highlighted what he believed to be Obama's hypocrisy in voicing his anger over Trump's child separation policy.
What about the Clintons?
Morgan also added that the Clintons — former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, former secretary of state and presidential candidate — have also been hard on illegal immigration over the years.
"Until very recently, when it’s suited them to [demonize] Trump over immigration, [Bill and Hillary] always competed with each other to see who can be tougher on the issue," Morgan wrote.
"Hillary also loves to berate Trump for his controversial plans for a ‘Wall’ across the southern border, but she once herself voted in [favor] of legislation to build a fence along 700 miles of the same border in a bill called the Secure Fence Act of 2006," Morgan cited.
"Let's cut the hypothetical crap over Trump and immigration," Morgan wrote. "He might express himself in more belligerent, bellicose language — though even that is debatable in this case — but the attitude he has towards illegal immigrants is not really much different to that espoused by Obama and the Clintons."
Morgan continued that he is a proponent of allowing people to flee war-torn areas in order to seek asylum, but "they have to do it the right way."
"It’s not acceptable to just charge at a border to try to get in illegally," he said. "There is a process, and there are laws, that must be [recognized] and abided by."
Morgan went on to discuss the disturbing photos making the rounds, specifically one of a woman dragging children away from tear gas.
"I don't think it's harsh or unfair to ask what the hell she thought she was doing taking them to join a large group of men rushing the border after repeated warnings from President Trump that any such [behavior] would be met with force?" he asked.
"Yes," he wrote. "America has a responsibility to help genuine asylum-seekers. But parents, too, have a responsibility not to deliberately put their children in potential harm's way like that."
"I didn’t like those teargas photos," he added. "But nobody died, and there is a bigger picture here in which the problem isn’t Donald Trump."