Trump tries to own libs by tweeting Obama video, ends up accidentally owning himself


Trump on Monday. (CREDIT: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Trump on Monday. (CREDIT: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

On Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump tweeted a video of then-Sen. Barack Obama arguing against open borders in 2005.

“We are a generous and welcoming people here in the United States, but those who enter the country illegally and those who employ them disrespect the rule of law, and they are showing disregard for those who are following the law,” Obama says in the clip. “We simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented, unchecked, and circumventing the line of people who are waiting patiently, diligently, and lawfully to become immigrants in this country.”

Trump tweeted, “I agree with President Obama 100%!”

There’s just one problem — for years now, Trump has been smearing Democrats as “the party of open borders.”

The smear is baseless: the position Obama articulates in the video is similar to the one held by current Democratic members of Congress. For instance, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have repeatedly indicated they support securing the borders, while simultaneously making clear they oppose appropriating tens of billions of dollars for a border wall that even border patrol agents say isn’t necessary.

While Trump seems to think Obama’s video highlights how Democrats have become supportive of “open borders” over the last 13 years, what it really does is illustrate the dishonesty of his own messaging on immigration.


Earlier this year, Trump rejected a bipartisan immigration deal that included nearly $3 billion in funding for border security measures because he wanted even more money from taxpayers for a wall which he promised repeatedly Mexico would pay for, along with rollbacks on legal immigration. Trump insists his wall must be part of any comprehensive immigration bill, and his refusal to compromise has effectively made it impossible for Congress to do anything about the issue.

While refusing to compromise, Trump has gotten in the habit of lying to his supporters about the status of his wall, repeatedly claiming it’s already under construction when in fact Congress has given him no money for it. Meanwhile, the president continues to brutalize migrants with senselessly cruel policies, including family separation at the border.

Trump has even threatened to deploy the U.S. military against people who are headed toward the southern border, trying to escape desperate conditions in their own countries, while ignoring the fact that claiming asylum at the border is legal under both domestic and international law).