Today, unannounced both to build drama and end-run investigative reporters, First
The regime of neo-fascist sociopath Donald "Rump" Trump thought they could hold immigrant children hostage in order to extract an extreme immigration "reform" bill whose main purpose is to authorize $25 billion for a wall that Mexico was supposed to pay for. Melanie's trip was to provide images to counter the reality of the images that we've seen over the past several weeks as a result of Rump's obscene separation policy. It's likely to work for those in the Beltway media who are still desperate to show some normality in this ugly, cruel regime; a grinning Dana Bash (who should know better by now) led off CNN's noon programming with a giddy report, before reality seeped in that this was a carefully stage managed event by Rump's communications people, not a real-life look into one of the controversial detention facilities.
She obviously didn't want to face the parents of those from whom their children have been taken, nor the detention facilities housing the "tender age" children. She could have saved some jet fuel by visiting a not-so-kindly facility in Staunton, VA where children have been beaten, or the facility in Syosset, NY where psychotropic drugs have been administered to separated children. Or maybe she could visit some of the abusive foster homes that have taken immigrant children.
The question for Melanie and others of this vile regime is "when are the 2,300 children that have been separated from their parents going to be reunited?" One could ask, but we suspect that they don't want to be distracted from the "isn't everything great?" tour.
BONUS: Wow. Check out the coat that she wore on her way to Texas: "I really don't care, do u?" Nothing could be more perfect.
(top photo: "Melanie" in front of an ironic message. M. Ngan/AFP/Getty)