Democrats seized on recent video footage that they claimed involved agents with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) “whipping” Haitian migrants at a campsite where thousands of them are living in squalor with the hopes of entering the United States.
According to the Washington Examiner, Brandon Judd, a border agent and president of the National Border Patrol Council is one of many current and former officials criticizing the Biden administration and other top Democrats for pushing false claims that horse-mounted agents were engaged in whipping the migrants.
Judd especially took issue with White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki for condemning the agents clearly before there was added context that explained exactly what the agents were doing in the footage that has now gone viral.
Let me help you be more accurate. First photo appears to show Border Patrol using “whip-like cord” on migrant. Second photo of same event shows it’s just the horse reins slinging around and agent is not whipping migrant. pic.twitter.com/wfFB2Dgweg
— Brandon Darby (@brandondarby) September 21, 2021
“Horrible to watch”
Not surprisingly, Psaki immediately jumped at the opportunity to paint the Haitian migrants as victims when news broke of the false “whipping” incident, telling reporters at a press briefing that the footage was “horrible to watch.”
For Americans who are, in fact, in touch with reality, it was clear from the get-go that the CBP agents were not wielding “whips,” rather, they were merely holding the reins for the horses.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas also irresponsibly condemned the agents for something they had not done, saying, “That is not what our policies and our training require … We will not tolerate mistreatment.”
What really happened, though the White House and other Democrats will likely not admit they were wrong, was a routine procedure known as “twirl of the reins,” which is a tactic to keep the hundreds of Haitian migrants away from the horse-mounted officers literally for the migrants’ own safety.
The right context
“There are very few things that will boil my blood as bad as the White House directly coming out and condemning an action before they know what happened,” union leader Judd said. “Jen Psaki came out yesterday, and she condemned these actions when in reality, it is a legitimate law enforcement action. This was meant to protect the illegal aliens.”
The National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) took to Twitter to post an explanation that liberals would be able to understand.
For all you Twitter warriors out there: these are NOT whips. And no, Border Patrol agents are NOT “whipping” people.
They are REINS… Stay with us here, like a steering wheel is used to drive a car, the reins are used to “drive” the horse.
Thanks for coming to our TED talk. pic.twitter.com/r0n2kXHqvy
— National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) (@GLFOP) September 21, 2021
It’s truly a shame that even the White House couldn’t hold back from attempting to capitalize on the moment before the simple facts were released, but that’s the America we now live in, unfortunately.