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On Good Morning America Tuesday, the ABC news team behaved as if they were Democrats’ collective lawyer, trying to defend and justify the reasons why Democrats won’t funder border detention facilities. After fretting over the poor conditions at these detention centers, congressional correspondent Mary Bruce and anchor George Stephanopoulos went out of their way to defend Democrats and blame President Trump for the lack of funding.
Stephanopoulos began by hyping the “shocking conditions” at one Texas border facility, where resources like toiletries were limited and illness spread because of the sheer number of people overcrowding the facility.
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While ABC didn’t seem concerned about these same conditions under President Obama, they characterized this as problem for the Trump administration, not Congress. Stephanopoulos excused Democrats in Congress for holding up funding for these facilities, explaining they were just following their moral compass against the President’s immigration policies:
“[T]his border funding is being held up by some Democrats concerned if they approve the funding they're going to be approving the president's border policies they oppose,” he noted empathetically.
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That prompted Bruce to go out of her way to defend Democrats against their critics. She ended by laying blame on Trump:
Yeah George everyone here on the Hill agrees that this emergency funding is needed but Democrats are divided because many of them are concerned that the president may use that funding to go ahead and fund tactics that they simply don't agree with to further fund his crackdown on immigration and so Democrats are trying to put conditions on this money and that now has the President threatening a possible veto.
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: We move to the crisis at the border where hundreds of migrant children have been moved out of a border patrol station after reports of shocking conditions. Overcrowding, lack of adequate food, soap, toothbrushes or...
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