Fox News commentator Tomi Lahren sparked a firestorm on Monday after she took to Twitter to praise the use of tear gas by the United States Border Patrol on asylum-seeking refugees.
American Border Patrol agents fired canisters of tear gas – a chemical weapon banned in warfare – on migrants seeking asylum in the United States.
“Children screamed and coughed,” the Associated Press wrote as events unfurled in Tijuana, Mexico. “Fumes were carried by the wind toward people who were hundreds of feet away.”
The gas was employed after “around 500” refugees tried to squeeze through border fencing.
“Bum-rushing the border is a CHOICE and has consequences,” Lahren wrote. “Watching the USA FINALLY defend our borders was the HIGHLIGHT of my Thanksgiving weekend.”
Bum-rushing the border is a CHOICE and has consequences. Watching the USA FINALLY defend our borders was the HIGHLIGHT of my Thanksgiving weekend. 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 https://t.co/jAkfcgzRuN
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) November 26, 2018
Twitter raged at Lahren for her sanctimonious support of the cruelty levied on unarmed civilians by President Donald Trump – over Thanksgiving weekend, no less.
The irony of celebrating the mistreatment of refugees on Thanksgiving, a holiday celebrating the benevolence of the indigenous people that saved the refugees who fled persecution in Europe.
You’re so ignorant, it’s painful.
— Dylan (@dyllyp) November 26, 2018
There are plenty of reasonable comments and arguments to made about borders and border security. But to actively celebrate something like this is truly disgusting.
— Nick Bassano (@nbassano82) November 26, 2018
Being an ignorant piece of trash is a CHOICE.
— Thor Benson (@thor_benson) November 26, 2018
While I do not completely agree with or support the mass group of illegal immigrants, if that truly was the highlight of your Thanksgiving weekend I really pity your life and what you do for a living.
— Mike Gallo (@Gallo314Mike) November 26, 2018
The blowback was brutal.
At which point did you climax? Was it when the teargas hit the children?
— Eddie Edwards (@eddie_e_edwards) November 26, 2018
Was it the highlight because no one wanted to eat turkey with you because you’re a total asshole?
— Juliana Harkavy (@JulianaHarkavy) November 26, 2018
I have never before in my life wished harder that there really is a god, and that people like you would one day stand in judgement before him for your treatment of other mankind.
— Hoosier Momma (@amkenkent) November 26, 2018
Mine was the turkey followed closely by time with family. It's weird you take such delight in suffering. I'm thankful I don't know you.
— Paulito McLovin (@paulito_mclovin) November 26, 2018
The highlight of your week is watching the mismanagement of refugees on a day that marks the virtue of the Indigenous peoples of America helping to save the lives of persecuted immigrants.
— M.M. Schill (@mm_schill) November 26, 2018
I can’t wait for the schadenfreude when karma comes to visit you.
— Lisa Braun Dubbels (@lisadubbels) November 26, 2018
He’s breaking the law & you’re a monster 💁🏼♀️
— StrongerTogether (@mewhovotes) November 26, 2018
Twitter went aflutter on Sunday after Trump demanded Mexico capture migrants, whom he deemed without evidence as “stone cold criminals,” before threatening to completely close the southern border.