Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) was caught off guard on Wednesday when a CNN anchor pressed her on why she didn’t seem to care when former President Barack Obama enforced immigration laws.
"As so many people in this country are certainly outraged by the cages, and the thermal blankets, and the facilities housing these kids, you know, they were all there in 2014 under President Obama," CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin said. "And my question to you, Senator Baldwin, is did you speak up against them then?”
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Baldwin, clearly put on the spot, initially tried to sidestep the issue with talking points.
“I think we all need to continue to be focused on it and press it through. The American people need confidence that we can solve problems,” Baldwin said. “Nobody believes that we have an immigration system that works. It is broken. It needs fixing. And we’ve just got to resolve to do that.”
But Baldwin continued to push the Democrat senator, asking again, "But were you worried about it then? Did you raise your voice under the Obama Administration?”
That’s when Baldwin accidentally admitted the truth — she only cared on a “case by case” basis when Obama was president.
"You know, in numbers of cases, usually, I remember a constituent who was in detention at the border, arguably very inappropriately. And, we, you know, we raised our voice in that instance and many others,” Baldwin said. “But that's, we've got to do this now in unison. It's not enough to do it case by case for a Senator or a House member by House member. We’ve got to resolve to fix this issue.”
There have been several instances in which photos of immigrant children being kept in "cages" have gone viral and blamed on President Donald Trump. It later emerged that the photos were taken when Obama was president.
Many of Trump's supporters have pointed out what they believe is a double standard.