MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow used a pair of Obama-era photos of immigrant kids — to accuse the Trump administration of “deliberately” hurting families, according to a report.
The liberal host opened “The Rachel Maddow Show” on Tuesday with a scathing attack that included images of kids lying on the floor while covered in aluminum foil-like blankets and other children held in cages, Fox News reported.
“In terms of permanent damage done to humans, in terms of the severity of the damage deliberately done to humans, the Trump administration, no matter what else they do, they will never ever get out from the shadow of the fact that they really did, as a policy and a deliberate practice, they really did take little kids away from their moms and dads,” Maddow said.
“They outfitted the kids with Mylar blankets and a lump of padding that was supposed to qualify as a mattress, and they told them to sleep on the floor,” she added as a photo of an Arizona facility from 2014 was shown, the network reported.
Another image Maddow used from that year showed children photographed through a chain-link fence for a Los Angeles Times article headlined, “Obama administration acts to ease immigration legal crunch at border,” according to Fox News.
Both images went viral in 2018 as they were repeatedly used to show the condition of immigrants detained during the Trump administration, according to Mediaite.
“This is happening right now, and the only debate that matters is how we force our government to get these kids back to their families as fast as humanly possible,” former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau wrote in tweets he posted of the AP pictures.
Favreau later deleted the post, but not before it caught President Trump’s attention.
“Democrats mistakenly tweet 2014 pictures from Obama’s term showing children from the Border in steel cages,” the president said on Twitter. “They thought it was recent pictures in order to make us look bad, but backfires.”
The chain-link enclosures seen in the images were built during the Obama administration as temporary housing for migrants detained for illegally crossing the border.
The AP published a fact check when Obama-era images were used to attack Trump.
“THE FACTS: The photos, taken by The Associated Press, were from 2014, during the Obama administration, but were presented by liberal activists as if they showed the effects of Trump’s immigration policy now,” the AP wrote.
MSNBC did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Post.