Trump can't tell the truth about immigration — even when he's in front of children.
It was bad enough when Trump went off a ugly, partisan immigration rant as he approached the front doors of church on Easter Sunday morning.
On Monday, Trump might have stooped even lower when he essentially threatened to deport children across the country while surrounded by children at the annual Easter Egg Roll.
The bizarre scene unfolded on the White House lawn.
“What about the DACA kids?” NBC News’ Jim Acosta shouted to Trump, since reporters were being kept so far away from the media-reclusive president. “Should they worry about what’s going to happen to them?”
The question may have been prompted by Trump’s two-day racist rant on Twitter.
After huddling with race-baiting Fox News hosts over the weekend, Trump ended a weeklong period of Twitter calm by posting an array of angry attacks, which were built around simplistic lies about immigration in the U.S. (i.e. “Caravans” of Mexicans are set to overrun our borders.)
“DACA is dead because the Democrats didn’t care or act, and now everyone wants to get onto the DACA bandwagon…No longer works,” he Tweeted on Monday. “Must build Wall and secure our borders with proper Border legislation. Democrats want No Borders, hence drugs and crime!”
Essentially, if Trump has his way hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants previously covered by the popular and successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program initiated by President Barack Obama could be forcefully deported.
Under Obama, the program that allowed roughly 800,000 young people brought to the U.S. as children, known as the Dreamers, to live and work without fear of reprisal.
Last September, Trump unilaterally canceled the program without creating anything to take its place, thereby putting Dreamers in jeopardy. Since then, Trump has rejected bipartisan plans to fix the problem, while a White House-backed immigration bill failed miserably in the Senate in February.
At this point, Trump still has no idea what DACA is, or he lies about the issue constantly.
“The Democrats have really let them down…and now people are taking advantage of DACA, and that’s a shame,” Trump said on Monday. And yes, he continued to play hardball on DACA — indirectly threatening to deport kids — while seated at a table with elementary school-aged children gathered for the Easter Egg Roll.
But of course, Trump has refused to hold a press conference for 13 months, which means reporters are forced to shout questions at him any chance they get.
That doesn’t mean Trump has to lie in front of children.