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Trump’s cruelty and inhumanity (W Post)

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Jan. 14, 2021 at 10:47 p.m. GMT+1
The Washington Post

If you had to pick a single thing that captured the extraordinary nexus of cruelty and lawlessness that has characterized President Trump’s tenure in office, you could do worse than choosing his family separations policy.

The country is now struggling to absorb the unthinkable fact that the president of the United States actively incited a mob to violently assault the seat of government and try to overturn an election. That came after a year in which Trump showed staggering malevolence and dereliction in the face of a pandemic ravaging the U.S. population.

In retrospect, when the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents began to stir an international outcry in the spring of 2018, we perhaps should have known it really could get this bad.

All this is crystallized by a scathing new report from the inspector general of the Justice Department on the family separations policy, a report that exposes the startling depths of depravity and contempt for good governance and basic humanity that drove its implementation.

The report found that the administration forged ahead with its “zero tolerance” policy — criminally prosecuting migrant families rather than releasing them into the interior pending asylum hearings — even though it knew this would “result in children being separated from families.”

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