May the NYT burn in hell for all eternity for their election coverage. That said, they published a good editorial yesterday on Secretary Kelly of DHS, asking where the sensible man who gave sane and occasionally compassionate answers during his cabinet confirmation has gone now that he’s making policy.
I think we know what happened to Kelly; it’s the Trump Effect. Whoever comes into contact with the vile shitgibbon comes away diminished, which is why all the talk about the moderating influence of [Insert Beltway Favorite Appointee Here] rings hollow in the context of Trump. An excerpt from the editorial:
The Homeland Security Department is considering separating Central American children from their mothers at the border, a shocking abuse of traumatized families who — as Mr. Kelly himself admits — are fleeing for their lives. He defended the policy as a way of deterring migrants from the dangerous trip. That is cruelty disguised as compassion.
His plan to create an office to publicize crimes by unauthorized immigrants — shaming and demonizing the entire population — is more nakedly vicious, guilt by association, a reflection of the old strain of American intolerance that brought us internment camps and miscegenation laws.
Is Mr. Kelly — a tough, sensible general — being silenced? If he can’t get the message to Mr. Trump directly, why doesn’t he get booked on “Fox & Friends,” the morning talk show that doubles as the president’s daily intelligence briefing? If he won’t speak the truth, he’s misusing his power.
The policy of separating mothers and children is worse than cruel; it is monstrous. The plan to publicize crimes by undocumented people — who have a lower crime rate as a group than native-born Americans, BTW — amounts to a blood libel, and Trump already has innocent blood on his hands on that score.
Whether the association with Trump leeched Kelly’s virtue away or whether he had none to begin with is immaterial at this point. But kudos to the NYT for calling him out.
PS: Regarding that jibe in the editorial about “Fox & Friends” doubling as Trump’s daily intelligence briefing, did any of y’all see Chris Hayes’ piece about TrumpCare, in which Hayes noted that a weirdly specific and lengthy provision in the bill addressed combating fraud committed by lottery winners who continue to accept subsidies?
Hayes noted that analysts wondered where that came from and found that it was a trope flogged on Fox News as a criticism of the ACA. And that Fox trope made its way into the GOP’s famously SHORT bill, likely on orders from Trump himself. Those of us who have ever idly wondered what it would be like if our idiot Fox-watching elders ran the country are now discovering that it’s every bit as stupid as we thought.