Democrats and their media allies have finally expressed outrage over events on the southern border.
Well, one event in particular, anyway. An event that they got entirely wrong, but that’s not all that important when there’s an effective political narrative to be had. As we know, a lie can travel halfway ’round the world before the truth can get its shoes on.
The left responded in chorus to distorted claims that mounted Border Patrol agents were using “whips” on Haitian migrants trying to enter America illegally. The only problem with the story is that they’re mistaking reins used to control a horse with a whip — which either shows their ignorance of horseback riding or their zealotry to spin the truth for political gain.
Mind you, this outrage is taking precedence over more than a million illegal immigrants flowing across the southern border this year alone, many infected with COVID-19 and being transported by the thousands by the Biden administration to all four corners of the country. In addition to this super-spreader action, the nation has just witnessed over 15,000 migrants set up a tent city under a Texas bridge in 100+ degree heat with no provisions or facilities.
There were two key sources of the claim that Haitian refugees were being corralled with whips. One being an article from the El Paso Times, and the other being a tweet from a Democratic operative that went viral:
“The agent swung his whip menacingly, charging his horse toward the men in the river who were trying to return to an encampment under the international bridge in Del Rio after buying food and water in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico.”https://t.co/5kahlscTnP
— Shannon Pettypiece (@spettypi) September 20, 2021
Border patrol is mounted on horseback rounding up Haitian refugees with whips.
This is unfathomable cruelty towards people fleeing disaster and political ruin. The administration must stop this. pic.twitter.com/BSjT91NSj0
— Sawyer Hackett (@SawyerHackett) September 20, 2021
“As the Haitians tried to climb onto the U.S. side of the river Sunday afternoon, the agent shouted: ‘Let’s go! Get out now! Back to Mexico!'” the Times wrote. “The agent swung his whip menacingly, charging his horse toward the men in the river who were trying to return to an encampment under the international bridge in Del Rio after buying food and water in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico. One migrant fell as he tried to dodge, others shielded their heads with their hands.”
The story of poor migrants just wanting a better life being physically abused exploded across social media Monday night. Washington Times reporter Mike Glenn explained in response to the ridiculous reaction that what they’re seeing in the photo are agents riding riding “western” style.
“They are using what’s known as a ‘split rein’ to control the horse. It’s where the reins are attached to the bit but aren’t attached to each other,” he noted.
HORSE LESSON FOR NOVICES: The horse-mounted Border Patrol guys down in Del Rio are riding “western” style so they are using what’s known as a “split rein” to control the horse. It’s where the reins are attached to the bit but aren’t attached to each other. (1)
— Mike Glenn (@mrglenn) September 20, 2021
Photo angles also play a role, as seen here:
Let me help you be more accurate. First photo appears to show Border Patrol using “whip-like cord” on migrant. Second photo of same event shows it’s just the horse reins slinging around and agent is not whipping migrant. pic.twitter.com/wfFB2Dgweg
— Brandon Darby (@brandondarby) September 21, 2021
But Democratic lawmakers who have spent the entire year looking the other way as President Joe Biden surrendered U.S. sovereignty, resulting in a wide-open southern border, have no time for the truth.
Leading the parade of dishonesty, of course, were Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.
Reports of the mistreatment of Haitian migrants fleeing violence and devastation from natural disasters are deeply troubling, including the inappropriate use of what appear to be whips by Border Patrol officers on horseback to intimidate migrants.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) September 21, 2021
Use of whips on refugees? Disturbing and unacceptable. This must end immediately. https://t.co/C28fk2QFqL
— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) September 20, 2021
And members of “the Squad” of radical left Democrats got in on the propaganda ploy, with U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., all but publicly proclaiming that she believes in open borders.
AOC said in a tweet: “Immigration should not be a crime, and its criminalization is a relatively recent invention. This is a stain on our country.”
U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., responded with vulgarity because that’s what she does.
It doesn’t matter if a Democrat or Republican is President, our immigration system is designed for cruelty towards and dehumanization of immigrants.
Immigration should not be a crime, and its criminalization is a relatively recent invention. This is a stain on our country. https://t.co/PZKYN4WLyj
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 20, 2021
This is so sick and @CBP will continue to commit human rights abuses if we don’t stop it now.
Cracking a fucking whip on Haitians fleeing hardship shows you that this system simply can’t be reformed. @OversightDems + @HouseJudiciary should hold hearings immediately + act. https://t.co/RLsG3EY6Fw
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) September 20, 2021
The same media that has thrown journalistic integrity to the wind to ignore the ever-worsening humanitarian crisis on the border to protect the man they helped elect to the White House did its part to carry water here also.
Here are but a few examples, beginning with the angry race lady at MSNBC, Joy-Ann Reid:
This is beyond repulsive. Are these images from 2021 or 1851?? https://t.co/sZv1c0aRWG
— Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) September 20, 2021
My God. https://t.co/qDghFnE9ZS
— Sunny Hostin (@sunny) September 20, 2021
This is absolutely horrifying. Like something out of the 19th century. https://t.co/WhT2IHykpb
— Adam Serwer 🍝 (@AdamSerwer) September 20, 2021
Wait… cracking whips? https://t.co/9nOU0MzsqH
— Jim Vertuno (@JimVertuno) September 20, 2021
The way the left mobilizes, almost in unison, to exploit a narrative is something to behold.
Oddly, the racist MSNBC host has little to say about reports that the Haitians will be sent back to their country while Hispanic migrants apparently will not be. Although, given how dishonest this administration is, where they use drones to strike an innocent Afghan family, killing seven children, to save face for our inept commander in chief and claim it was ISIS-K terrorist, Reid probably knows there’s little truth to the claim.
Of all the politically motivated hype, one Democratic operative rose above all others when he stupidly called for the Border Patrol to testify before Congress on how many whips they are purchasing, despite the fact that there are no whips in use:
I’d love to hear Border Patrol leadership testify under oath before Congress on the total number of whips taxpayers are buying them every year.
— Max Burns (@themaxburns) September 20, 2021
Social media was quick to respond to the deluge of misinformation that’s not likely to draw a single fact check from Big Tech’s Orwellian censors. A response that didn’t go too well for Max Burns, or NBC News’ Shannon Pettypiece, who shared the El Paso Times’ story.
Here’s a quick sampling from Twitter:
I don’t know who needs to see this right now but…
horse reins whip pic.twitter.com/D7tgvmrMzP
— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) September 20, 2021
Not a riding crop nor whip in sight…just reins. Nice accurate reporting. Why don’t you write a piece on how many sovereign borders the Haitians crossed in order to end up on our doorstep?
— Scott E. Noble (@ScottENoble) September 20, 2021
✍️✍️✍️ Journo at work @SirajAHashmi
— Brian Knotts (@brianknotts) September 20, 2021
Whatever it is you think you do, it’s not called reporting, it’s just repeating and pushing on the next narrative.
— Doctor of Coding Thinkology (@bradcundiff) September 20, 2021
Good god, these people are fools. You know what is sad, is the lie will spread faster than the truth.
— LeibnizLanguage (@IllianaDostoev1) September 20, 2021
I’ll say I’m impressed. Five hours later and you still haven’t deleted the post. Credit goes to you for keeping it real.
— Lester Freamon 🦞 (@Coolestersmooth) September 20, 2021
— AKMeat (@AKmeat) September 20, 2021
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