AP Fact Check: Michelle Obama’s DNC Swipe At Trump For Keeping Kids In “Cages” Was “Misleading” and “Distorted”
“Trump used facilities that were built during the Obama-Biden administration to house children at the border.”
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During the opening night of the Democratic National Convention, the headline speaker was Michelle Obama. In her speech, she made a reference to immigration and used the tired Democrat talking point about ‘kids in cages.’
Shockingly, she was called out by the Associated Press with a fact check.
Even the AP 'Fact Checkers' couldn't let this whopper slide. https://t.co/T9LeRvYopl
— Tom Bevan (@TomBevanRCP) August 18, 2020
Here it is, via the Seattle Times:
AP FACT CHECK: Michelle Obama and the kids in ‘cages’
Michelle Obama assailed President Donald Trump on Monday for ripping migrant children from their parents and throwing them into cages, picking up on a frequent and distorted point made widely by Democrats.
She’s right that Trump’s now-suspended policy at the U.S.-Mexico border separated thousands of children from their families in ways that had not been done before. But what she did not say is that the very same “cages” were built and used in her husband’s administration, for the same purpose of holding migrant kids temporarily.
A look at her remark in the keynote address at the opening night of the remote Democratic National Convention:
MICHELLE OBAMA, on Americans: “They watch in horror as children are torn from their families and thrown into cages.”
THE FACTS: The reference to cages is misleading and a matter that Democrats have persistently distorted.
Trump used facilities that were built during the Obama-Biden administration to house children at the border. They are chain-link enclosures inside border facilities where migrants were temporarily housed, separated by sex and age.
Here’s a clip of Michelle Obama’s comments. Note that she also uses the term ‘peaceful protesters’ to describe what’s unfolding in American cities. Too bad they didn’t fact-check that.
"They watch in horror as children are torn from their families and thrown in cages." pic.twitter.com/sU3cAO3kyv
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) August 18, 2020
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