The current president cannot stand the amount of respect his predecessor still gets, which leads to regular outbursts about our beloved former President Obama. Barack, of course, would never lower himself to respond to Donald Trump’s tantrums, but after three years in office, Trump still can’t stop talking about the first black president.
According to sources, Trump just threw another Obama tantrum in the White House just moments ago when he was asked about his policy of taking refugee children away from their parents and imprisoning them in cages.
That’s when Trump exploded and made up a massive lie in which he claimed that the family separations were an Obama policy that he himself put an end to.
Not only did he lie, but he was aggressive and visibly agitated over the questioning. This is what Trump said during a White House interview Tuesday:
“Obama separated those children. Those cages that were shown, I think they were very inappropriate. They were built by President Obama’s administration, not by Trump.”
NEW: “We’re not looking to do that,” President Trump tells ABC News’ @jonkarl when asked if he’s considering reinstating the family separation policy at the border.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) April 9, 2019
“President Obama had child separation, take a look. The press knows it, you know it, we all know it. I’m the one that stopped it.”
Trump wasn’t done there, though, he went on to say that the policy stopped refugees from coming into the country for a “picnic” or a trip to “Disneyland.” Trump ended his loud rant with this last lie:
“I was the one that changed it.”
According to an NBC report:
“there was no widespread Obama-era policy of separating parents and children — but it’s a common talking point for Republican commentators and members of the president’s administration.”
Denise Gilman, director of the Immigration Clinic at the University of Texas Law School had this to say on the matter:
“There were occasionally instances where you would find a separated family — maybe like one every six months to a year — and that was usually because there had been some actual individualized concern that there was a trafficking situation or that the parent wasn’t actually the parent.”
Once custody concerns were resolved, “there was pretty immediately reunification. There were not 2,000 kids in two months — it’s not the same universe.”
The responses to ABC News’ tweet above were insane. We saved the best reactions for you below: