Chris Christie likes to act like a tough guy, and on Monday he showed what it means to be a tough guy in today’s Republican Party. You’re not tough because you defy fear. You’re tough because your heart is hard. And how better to show the hardness of your heart than by rejecting the absolute most vulnerable victims of war? That’s what Christie told Hugh Hewitt he’d do when Hewitt asked him what his policy would be on admitting Syrian refugees to the United States. Christie’s simple answer was that he didn’t trust the Obama administration’s vetting process, “so I would not permit them in.”
Hewitt pressed: “What if they were orphans under the age of five?” Christie’s response is one for the ages:
You know, Hugh, we can come up with 18 different scenarios. The fact is that we need for appropriate vetting and I don’t think orphans under five are being, you know, should be admitted into the United States at this point. They have no family here, how are we going to care for these folks? The fact is, you can come up with a number of different scenarios, Hugh, but in the end I don’t trust this administration to effectively vet the people that they’re asking us to take in. We need to put the safety and security of the American people first.
“They have no family here.”
BECAUSE THEY’RE TODDLER ORPHANS.
Actually, of course, they may have family here. What if a three-year-old Syrian refugee orphan has an entire family of cousins living in the United States? Is Christie still standing firm against that threat to “the safety and security of the American people”? And if said refugee toddler orphan doesn’t have family here, maybe she doesn’t have family anywhere.
After all, a lot of Syrians have been killed in their home country or trying to escape it. So if a child has no family, then every country should reject her because “how are we going to care for these folks,” appears to be Christie’s answer. Why? Because even children are scary to Republicans, if they’re potentially Muslim children. Because it all comes back to that definition of toughness. It’s not about standing strong.
It’s not about being big enough to say “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.” It’s not about rejecting fear to embrace any of the Bible’s invocations of hospitality.
It’s just about saying “I am hard enough to say no to terrified children.”
this article is self contained it hits all points of republican apathy short and sweet going on pics of Christie and the baby above guess it's true elephants really are afraid of mice or under five babies ahh when they were soooooo in love with the fetuses. it's also about saying i'm republican and you aren't wanted here that is why we're taking our country back so we can freely discriminate with impunity.