It’s been years since then-presidential candidate Donald Trump faced off against former Secretary of State and 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in three debates ahead of the 2016 election.
The United States is now nearly three years into Donald Trump’s presidency and it turns out that at least one of Secretary Clinton’s warnings about the now-president came true: His inhumane efforts to collect and deport undocumented immigrants.
In the final debate before voters took to the polls, Clinton warned of a “deportation force” that would be enacted by Trump on a grand and illogical scale.
We can’t say we weren’t warned. We were warned. pic.twitter.com/sgYOh8jzNi
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 11, 2019
“I don’t want to rip families apart,” Clinton said. “I don’t want to be sending parents away from children. I don’t want to see the deportation force that Donald has talked about in action in our country…He said as recently as a few weeks ago in Phoenix that every undocumented person would be subject to deportation. Now, here’s what that means.”
“It means you would have to have a massive law enforcement presence, where law enforcement officers would be going school to school, home to home, business to business, rounding up people who are undocumented. And we would then have to put them on trains, on buses to get them out of our country. I think that is an idea that is not in keeping with who we are as a nation. I think it’s an idea that would rip our country apart.”
Sure enough, the Trump administration would go on to separate parents and children caught making the journey into the United States, claiming falsely that the policy began with former President Barack Obama’s administration.
As recently as last week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) rounded up 680 people thought to be undocumented from their places of work in Mississippi, leaving their children with no one to pick them up after the first day of school; with no idea where their parents were. It was the largest immigration action in a single state in all of U.S. history.
The woman who won the popular vote by over 3 million votes tried to warn us.
I’ll admit it, a lot of what Hillary warned us about in these debates seemed hyperbolic at the time. But she was right, down to a level of detail that makes her seem like she traveled from the future to warn us.https://t.co/4F7tqO0b3H
— Lard of Dorkness (@LardFDorkness) August 9, 2019
— janegray (@ms_sharims) August 9, 2019
— Pink Iguana 🌊 (@PinkIguana11) August 9, 2019
@HillaryClinton Warned us! She told us the truth! She would have been a great president!
— Jeannine Payne 🌊🌊🌊 (@JeanninePayne15) August 9, 2019
He is indeed ripping our country apart! You wake up every day wondering what new horror will be coming out of the White House.
— Sharon Lo (@SharonAnnLo) August 9, 2019
The former Secretary’s prescience wasn’t limited to Trump’s immigration policies. She warned against his subservience to Russia as well.
If only someone had warned us about Russia…except someone did. Hillary Clinton. pic.twitter.com/oA2lQ4w8VP
— Mic (@mic) February 15, 2017
8 days before the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton warned us about Donald Trump’s ties to Russia. Hell, she wiped the floor with #PutinsPuppet in every debate! I feel pain. It hurts. Hillary deserves our respect, and I‘m still with her.pic.twitter.com/IAANr4sqi0
— Andrea Junker (@Strandjunker) May 30, 2019
However, despite her gut-punch of a loss in November 2016, Secretary Clinton hasn’t stopped fighting against the very policies she warned us about.
Heading into next year’s elections, every voter must reckon with what their vote supports.
At the border and around the country, a vote for Trump is a vote to tear parents away from their children. https://t.co/jyBrI3LKjy
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 8, 2019
We can only hope the United States will hear and heed the warnings in 2020.