Trump mocks Democrats for deleting Twitter ad that condemned Obama-era border facility

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Trump mocks Democrats for deleting Twitter ad that blasted him for keeping ‘kids in cages’ at the border – because they chose a photograph depicting Obama-era detention conditions

  • Democrats leading a House committee advertised a hearing with a Twitter ad that included a photo of a border facility used to hold immigrant children
  • They deleted the ‘Kids in Cages’ hearing ad after conservatives mocked them for using a photo that dated to 2014, when Barack Obama was president
  • President Trump has been endlessly pilloried for the child-separation policy that affects adults who bring minors illegally across the U.S.-Mexico border
  • A similar policy in effect during the Obama years drew little notice 

Democrats who lead the House Oversight Committee deleted a tweet on Tuesday that advertised a Wednesday immigration hearing about immigrant children U.S. Customs and Border Protection is holding in detention facilities.

Staffers pulled the tweet down after conservatives online pointed out that its main image was an Associated Press photo taken in 2014 – when Barack Obama was president. 

‘Democrats had to quickly take down a tweet called “Kids In Cages, Inhumane Treatment at the Border,” because the horrible picture used was from the Obama years,’ President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday morning. ‘Very embarrassing!’

President Donald Trump mocked Democrats for an eyebrow-raising Twitter ad for a 'Kids in Cages' immigration hearing; the ad's centerpiece was a photograph of a border detention facility taken two years before he was elected

President Donald Trump mocked Democrats for an eyebrow-raising Twitter ad for a ‘Kids in Cages’ immigration hearing; the ad’s centerpiece was a photograph of a border detention facility taken two years before he was elected

The picture dates to 2014, as Trump pointed out, when Barack Obama was president

The picture dates to 2014, as Trump pointed out, when Barack Obama was president

This is the deleted tweet, which left the House Oversight and Reform Committee's leaders red-faced on Tuesday

This is the deleted tweet, which left the House Oversight and Reform Committee’s leaders red-faced on Tuesday

Trump added the Twitter handle @foxandfriends, taking note that his favorite morning TV show had covered the PR train wreck.

Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan said on ‘Fox & Friends’: ‘You know it’s politics when the Democrats had to take down a tweet.’

‘The picture they had on their tweet was from when President Obama was president, and Jeh Johnson was running the Department of Homeland Security,’ he mocked. 

The Democrats’ original tweet blared its message in bright red letters against the background of a large holding pen full of foreign minors.

‘Last week, members of our committee visited a detention center at the southern border and discovered grotesque treatment of children,’ it read. ‘This week, we are examining the inhumane treatment of the children in these detention centers.’

A Trump 2020 campaign Twitter account pointed out where the Democrats' tweeted photo had come from, linking it to an Associated Press fact-check

A Trump 2020 campaign Twitter account pointed out where the Democrats’ tweeted photo had come from, linking it to an Associated Press fact-check

Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan addressed the gaffe on 'Fox & Friends,' where the president saw it

Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan addressed the gaffe on ‘Fox & Friends,’ where the president saw it

A ‘Trump War Room’ Twitter account, run by the president’s 2020 re-election campaign, mocked the Democrats for ‘politicizing’ the border crisis with an ‘Obama-Biden administration’ photo.

An Associated Press fact-checker established last year that the picture, which attracted partisan scorn from the left when the Arizona Republic published it, dates from 21014, long before Trump ran for the White House. 

He vented on Twitter last year: ‘Democrats mistakenly tweet 2014 pictures from Obama’s term showing children from the Border in steel cages. They thought it was recent pictures in order to make us look bad, but backfires.’

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