Michelle Obama Joins Laura Bush In Criticizing Trump's Border Policy: 'Sometimes Truth Transcends Party'
This year, the United States took a stricter stance on illegal Mexican border crossings, referring them for federal criminal prosecution. As a result, instead of keeping families together in detention centers, thousands of children were separated from their parents at the border.
It’s no wonder that such policy caused many negative reactions. Former First Lady Laura Bush was among those who took to the social media platforms and neatly criticized the practice of separating families:
I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.
Sometimes truth transcends party. https://t.co/TeFM7NmNzU— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) June 18, 2018
She quickly got support of thousands of people, including another former lady. Although Michelle Obama often stays quiet about the actions of the current president, she couldn’t keep silence this time.
The 54-year-old retweeted the post of her Republican predecessor, adding: “Sometimes truth transcends party". Barack Obama, in his turn, retweeted his wife’s post as well.
But it looks like other former ladies also see the situation the same way. Hillary Clinton backed Bush and Obama’s criticism by sharing a series of tweets.
What’s happening to families at the border right now is a humanitarian crisis. Every parent who has ever held a child in their arms, every human being with a sense of compassion and decency, should be outraged.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 18, 2018
Despite what this White House claims, separating families is not mandated by law. That is an outright lie, and it’s incumbent on all of us – journalists and citizens alike – to call it just that.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 18, 2018
Those who selectively use the Bible to justify this cruelty are ignoring a central tenet of Christianity. Jesus said "Suffer the little children unto me." He did not say “let the children suffer.”— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 18, 2018
And Rosalynn Carter criticized the practice as well, calling it a shame to the country.
Statement from former U.S. First Lady Rosalynn Carter on children separated from their parents at the border: pic.twitter.com/WVg91SWutl— The Carter Center (@CarterCenter) June 18, 2018
As for President Trump, he continues to blame Democrats for the policy, saying that it is the result of the Democrats’ failure to work with Republicans.