The set of “Morning Joe” blasted President Trump’s policy of separating parents and children of migrants attempting to illegally cross the U.S. border, but cautioned that overreacting could play into the hands of Fox News hosts who are “stooges” for the president.
“There are a lot of strong voices out there who are comparing this to the experience with the Nazis. My concern is that it gives fodder for the Fox News hosts, who are stooges for President Trump, to hide behind a different argument to actually use that to not have to talk about the truth,” said show co-host Mika Brzezinski.
“That babies and children are being separated from their mothers at the border and this is a Trump policy,” she added. “So I worry we have to stick to the facts here because, while this may have similarities, it’s different until we know more and it is its own reality of hatred and of despair for these children and I am sure we can come up with our own name at some point.”
Over the weekend, former NSA chief and current MSNBC contributor Gen. Michael Hayden, was criticized for comparing the migrant separation policy to the Holocaust.
“Other governments have separated mothers and children,” he said, sharing a stark image of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz. Hayden spent much of the weekend on Twitter doubling and tripling down on the comparison despite mounting criticism.
Other governments have separated mothers and children pic.twitter.com/tvlBkGjT0h
— Gen Michael Hayden (@GenMhayden) June 16, 2018
Last week, White House correspondent Brian Karem accused press secretary Sarah Sanders and the Trump administration of forcing migrant children to stay in cages during their detention. The accusation was questionable at the time, as the idea had previously been declared spurious by the Washington Post.
On Monday, however, the Associated Press reported that the cages were real.
“Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of children wait in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had 20 children inside. Scattered about are bottles of water, bags of chips and large foil sheets intended to serve as blankets,” it reported.
MSNBC reporter Jacob Soboroff — who said last week on-air that there were no cages — reversed that position after visiting a different facility in McAllen, Texas.
“People are kept in cages inside this facility,” he said. “I saw it with my own eyes.”