White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and Attorney General Jeff Sessions used the Bible to defend separating immigrant children from their parents.
Both Sanders and Sessions claimed it was the law, but family separation is not a law. It is a policy that the Trump administration implemented in April and could be stopped at any time.
Earlier in the day, Sessions falsely claimed that the policy is supported by the Bible, notes NBC News (video below):
I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order.
Sessions failed to mention the Apostle Paul wrote that verse wile in jail after disobeying the laws of Rome.
CNN’s Jim Acosta asked Sanders about Sessions’ use of the Bible for political purposes:
Where does it say in the Bible that it’s moral to take children away from their mothers?
Sanders was unable to cite one verse, but claimed the Bible backed up the cruel policy:
I can say that it is very biblical to enforce the law. That is actually repeated a number of times throughout the bible. Hold on, Jim, if you’d let me finish. I’m not going to comment on the attorney [general’s] specific comments.
Acosta asked Sanders his question again, and she played the victim:
That’s not what I said. I know it’s hard for you to understand even short sentences, I guess and please don’t take my word out of context. The separation of an illegal family are the product of the same loopholes the Democrats refuse to close.
An Associated Press reporter reminded Sanders that there is no law requiring families to be separated, but Sanders claimed the Trump administration is enforcing the law:
It’s not a policy change to enforce the law.
Executive Editor of Sentinel Newspapers Brian Karem called Sanders out for dodging the question:
Come on, Sarah, you’re a parent. Don’t you have an empathy for what these people are going through? They have less than you do.
Sanders claimed that Karem wanted “to get some more TV time.”
Karen called on Sanders to answer the question:
Honestly, answer the question. You’re a parent of young children. Don’t you have any empathy for what they go through?
Sanders bravely ignored Karem and dodged again.
CBS News reporter Paula Reid schooled Sanders on the Trump administration’s policy not being a law, notes Media Matters:
First of all, there is no law that requires families be separated at the border. This was the administration’s choice to move from civil matters on immigration to criminal, criminally prosecute people who come across the border illegally, and therefore you have to separate families.