Mr. Obama was separating families for years. It wasn’t until Mr. Trump was elected that the left noticed. Mr. Obama had a sour record on Forest fires. He had actual budget changes under his watch that put millions of acres at risk, many of which burned. Mr. Obama got a pass from the media. So, no surprises when it comes to Tear Gas at the border.
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Mr. Trump is evil? But Obama did it too.
The same tear-gas agent that the Trump administration is taking heat for deploying against a border mob this weekend is actually used fairly frequently — including more than once a month during the later years of President Barack Obama’s administration, according to Homeland Security data.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has used 2-chlorobenzylidene malononitrile, or CS, since 2010, and deployed it 26 times in fiscal 2012 and 27 times in 2013. The use dropped after that, but was still deployed three times in 2016, Mr. Obama’s final full year in office.
Jim Geraghty adds that even FactCheck.org admitted when the “poison” was used in Ferguson, MO, that “There are few immediate alternatives to Tear Gas for riot control.”
It works and as Jim also notes, the Chemical Weapons Convention says “Riot control agents may not be used as a method of warfare but may be used for certain law enforcement purposes including riot control.”
Obama did it and no one cared. Just more proof this is about Trump Derangement Syndrome, not policy or practice.
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