After doing an about-face, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is now horrified by scenes of Border Patrol agents on horseback using whips to beat back Haitian refugees. Jen Psaki finds it all “horrific and horrible.” Chuck Schumer is disgusted at the inhumanity of it all. Kamala Harris wants “a thorough investigation.” In short, Democrats and liberals are pissed.
Never mind that they’re pissed about a false narrative. Border Patrol agents are not, in fact, using whips to round up Haitian refugees. And there’s no way that these angry Democrats aren’t totally aware of that. But they get a lot more airtime and clout by riding the wave of a sensationalist lie.
And that’s what makes this from Texas Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar so notable and refreshing:
Texas Democrat @RepCuellar corrects CNN host who’s upset about border agents on horseback: “The picture you’re talking about, at least the one I have seen, is the rein, the rein of the horse … What are they supposed to do, just stand there and let everybody come in?" pic.twitter.com/csFE4gwkTm
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 21, 2021
Host Victor Blackwell apparently thinks that’s exactly what Border Patrol is supposed to do. He really, really wants the false “whip” narrative to be true because the agenda he supports requires the narrative to be true.
CNN host is literally refusing to accept the distinction between a lasso or whip and a rein. As if "reins" literally don't exist. https://t.co/IqGsfYZNDJ
— Andrew Smith (@AndrewSmithClub) September 21, 2021
Good on Rep. Cuellar for not taking the bait on this.
Omfg. They’re not using it as a whip. This is a manufactured crisis to distract from the humanitarian debacle the Biden admin sat on while they went on vacation for the weekend.
This is literally propaganda. https://t.co/JPQawlklL6
— Lobbyist_pundit 💸 (@Lobbyist_pundit) September 21, 2021
It literally is.
Whips (reins) Nooses (garage door) Smirks on Cov Cath kids faces. The fact that the media, even for 10 seconds bought and rabidly covered Jussie Smollet’s story. These stories that aren’t tell you all you need to know. https://t.co/3zDku1hnIO
— Trey Radel (@treyradel) September 21, 2021