CNN analyst says when Obama separated families, ‘it was for their protection,’ Acosta takes it a step further

CNN’s coverage of President Trump’s remarks about his immigration and border policies revealed again the left’s blatant hypocrisy and aversion to the facts.

The network’s national security analyst, Samantha Vinograd, displayed another stunning example during a segment bashing Trump over his border policies and his denial of reports that he is considering reinstating the zero-tolerance family separation policy.

Vinograd joined her CNN colleagues on “The Situation Room” Tuesday to slam Trump while giving former President Obama a pass.

Speaking to reporters from the Oval Office with the Egyptian President on Tuesday, the president denied reports that he is thinking of resuming the separation of parents and children at the US-Mexico border, a policy that was kicked off by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions last year but was suspended soon after.

“The policy no longer exists right now, but that was a new strategy, a new policy that they had implemented to deter illegal immigration,” CNN host Wolf Blitzer said.

“Right, but let’s be clear on the facts here, is that the Obama Administration did not have a wholesale policy of zero tolerance at the border, which is what led to the family separations in the first place,” CNN’s justice reporter, Laura Jarrett, interjected, claiming the Obama administration did not “systemically break apart family units.”

She briefly acknowledged that there was “jumbled and sort of misreported” stories and tweets that were “misleading” because they attributed to Trump policies and incidents – such as keeping separated migrant children in “cages” – even though they occurred under the Obama administration.

Vinograd then weighed in with her assessment that the actions of the Obama administration, which were condemned when falsely presented as Trump’s policies, were perfectly acceptable because of the motive.

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“President Obama, when he separated children from their families, Wolf, it was for their protection,” she declared.

“It was as if there was a risk of trafficking or other kind of harm that might have been incurred,” she added, ignoring the fact that Trump has repeatedly warned about the same thing.

“But even if he did do that, why is Donald Trump saying that two wrongs make a right? Again, Obama wasn’t right, but he’s saying that because something is happening under President Obama, he’s repeating it and upping the ante,” Vinograd continued.

“That’s an incredibly poor excuse. He’s systemized that inhumane treatment that, again, Obama was doing to protect children,” she repeated.

Lest Vinograd take the prize for her hot take on the controversial immigration policy, CNN’s “fake news” king Jim Acosta also reported on Trump’s comments and accused him of trying “to falsely blame Barack Obama for the policy.”

“President Trump appears to be slamming the breaks on at least part of his immigration plans, claiming his Administration is not looking at resuming its policy of family separations at the border,” the CNN chief White House correspondent told Blitzer in another segment.

“The President tried to falsely blame Barack Obama for the policy, which is widely regarded as highly inhumane, a moment that showed some separation between Mr. Trump and the truth,” he declared, before airing the video clip of Trump’s remarks.

“It could be a trial balloon that’s already popped, as President Trump denied what Administration officials were telling reporters, that he was considering a return to a zero-tolerance policy of separating migrant children from their families at the border,” Acosta said in a voice-over as the video played.

“We’re not looking to do that,” Trump replied when asked about the policy.

“The President then tried to rewrite history, falsely claiming that Barack Obama had started the policy,” Acosta continued. “But that’s not true. Top Administration officials made it clear family separations could be a result of the zero-tolerance policy.”


Twitter users were quick to call out the CNN narrative and Acosta in particular.

Frieda Powers


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