In a developing story Thursday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Fox News anchor Sean Hannity are armed and ready to protect America’s border with Mexico.
Hannity tweeted out photos showing himself with the governor, with weapons and enough ammunition to shoot plenty of kids who dare to step across the border and cross into the United States.
Or that’s certainly the loony possibility that Hannity and Perry seem to imply.
Obviously, this is a ratings grab by Hannity and a publicity stunt by Perry. The governor is bound and determined to get more attention for his opposition to the thousands of children fleeing violence in Central America and coming to America illegally.
Naturally, America already has Border Patrol agents who are fully trained and capable of rounding up the kids and making sure U.S. laws are obeyed when the children cross the border.
Maybe those agents don’t need Hannity and Perry hinting that the best way to keep the kids out of this country are by winging them. Or doing something worse.
Some people in the far right will cheer on this kind of outrageous behavior by an elected official — and a stunt by a TV anchor. There certainly are legitimate concerns about making sure we know who’s trying to come across the border.
And frankly, I think President Barack Obama made a mistake Wednesday when he did not take time on his trip to Texas to go to the border to see the situation for himself.
Then again, more moderate Americans will see these photos and wince.
Is this really the image we want to portray to the rest of the country — and the rest of the world — about how we handle humanitarian crises in other parts of the world?
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