The same liberal media losing its tiny hive mind over the use of pepper spray and tear gas on the southern border last weekend completely ignored it when Obama did the same thing five years ago.
The media has spent the last three days showing images of frightened women and children running around as if they are frightened stiff over the evil actions of the U.S. Border Patrol.
And left-wing “reporters” and commentators have been incensed that Trump is “using chemical weapons” against” women and children” on the border.
But with all this high dudgeon flying around, one thing has become clear; the same pundits and purported “reporters” never said a word when Obama did the exact same thing five years ago.
The incident occurred about a quarter-mile west of the San Ysidro border crossing in the Tijuana River channel. No one was seriously injured, no shots were fired and no arrests were made, said Mary Beth Caston, a Border Patrol spokeswoman.
The group first approached a lone agent stationed about 1/8 of a mile north of the border. They ignored his commands to stop, so he fired pepper balls to try to stop them and protect himself, Caston said.
As the crowd kept advancing and throwing rocks and bottles, she said, more agents came to the scene and used other “intermediate use-of-force devices” to push back the group. The agents also contacted Mexican law enforcement.
Indeed, the incident in 2013 was not different at all from what occurred this weekend. Obama’s Border Patrol used teargas to stop illegals from breaking through the border fencing.
In fact, the 2013 incident happened in almost the same place.
Reminder: The Obama Admin also used force and tear gas in 2013 when a large group of people stormed our border and threw rocks at our agents—at the same exact place. Source: https://t.co/YPlc8KXpdo
— Brandon Darby (@brandondarby) November 26, 2018
Also, in 2013 KPBS News reported:
Deported migrants attempted a once-common tactic of rushing the border en masse on Sunday. But Border Patrol agents met them with tear gas and rubber bullets and forced them to turn back.
Deportees in Tijuana said plans to rush the border had been in the works for a week.
It all started with a guy handing out pocket-sized fliers at the Padre Chava breakfast hall for migrants and deportees in Tijuana. The fliers called for a mass border crossing on Nov. 24.
“So that we can reunite with our children, families,” the flier read in small, Spanish text.
So, where was the media’s temper tantrum then?
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