Via the Free Beacon, foolishly I thought he wouldn’t dare make this claim again after he made it last week on Stephen Colbert’s show. It’s transparently, even famously, false. Either the media was going to make him pay by calling him on it or a Democratic rival would.
But no, apart from a few righties like me crying foul, he got away with it scot-free. How? Right, I know, normally you’d expect the press to let him slide, but don’t forget that many journalists are pulling for a more progressive candidate in the primaries. They have an ideological incentive at the moment to fact-check Biden rigorously. As do his opponents, of course.
He got so little flak for what he said on Colbert, though, that he repeated the claim last night before a national audience. In an exchange with open-borders shill Jorge Ramos, no less.
This time the press wouldn’t let him slide. Vox immigration reporter Dara Lind was so disgusted by his lie that she tuned out:
I care to learn exactly nothing else about this debate. That is a bald-faced lie. The pics of kids in cages that went viral in 2018 were from 2014; record numbers of deportations; etc etc etc. Good night.
— Dara Lind (@DLind) September 13, 2019
You want fact-checks? You got fact-checks. The AP dinged Biden this morning, as did PolitiFact, as did the Times and Vox. Fox News had commentators on as well to call Biden out. Grandpa Joe is right that the Obama administration didn’t separate families like Trump has but he’s simply incorrect that Trump brought “cages” to immigration policy. Team O introduced those for unaccompanied minors apprehended at the border five years ago.
I mean, really:
— Brandon Darby (@brandondarby) September 13, 2019
All of that being so, I continue not to understand how the rest of the field didn’t pounce on Biden for this. If ever Julian Castro was going to accuse Joe of having a brain turned to oatmeal by age, you would think it would have been here: “Have you really forgotten your own administration’s habit of caging migrant children, Mr. Vice President? Or has that memory been lost too, like the memory of your early support for the Iraq war?” That would have been a twofer, introducing concerns about Biden’s age into the mix while highlighting his terrible ideological sin of supporting basic enforcement.
Speaking of which, go watch the clip above again and drink in the spectacle of a Democratic VP being put on the spot by an immigration radical masquerading as a journalist for having done nothing more than enforce the immigration laws of the United States. Biden had an easy comeback to Ramos if he wanted it: “It’s the president’s job to faithfully execute federal statutes. We lobbied Congress for comprehensive immigration reform; we did what we could to spare the most sympathetic cases, like DREAMers, from removal. But at the end of the day we had a job to do and we did it.” But he was afraid to give that answer, preferring to let himself be shamed instead for not being willfully derelict in his duty. Open-borders trash, all of them.