Hannity on Media's Caravan Hypocrisy: No Outrage When Tear Gas Used at Border During Obama Admin
Sean Hannity called out the media's hypocrisy in their coverage of Border Patrol agents' use of tear gas on migrants.
There has been outrage at the Trump administration after border guards used the substance on migrants who pushed past Mexican riot police and rushed the border at the port of entry in San Ysidro on Sunday.
Hannity pointed out that there was no outrage over border agents' use of tear gas during the Obama administration.
According to DHS data, during the Obama administration, tear gas was used on the border 26 times in 2012, 27 times in 2013, 15 times in 2014, eight times in 2015, and three times in 2016. That compares to 18 times in 2017 and 29 times in 2018 during the Trump administration.
"They shot pepper spray and tear gas at people that tried to come into the country illegally. Nobody reported on it then," Hannity said.
Earlier this week, the Media Research Center said the Monday and Tuesday editions of the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts failed to note that tear gas was also used during the Obama administration.
Approximately 6,000 migrants are being sheltered at Tijuana's Benito Juarez Sports Complex near the San Ysidro port of entry. Officials said the total number of migrants in Tijuana alone break down this way: 6,062 total, comprising of 3,877 men, 1,127 women and 1,058 children.
Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent and NYPD officer, said nobody wants to see people tear-gassed, but "the choice was made by people who stormed the border illegally."
"What do you tell [border agents] to do when a rock comes at their face?" Bongino asked Geraldo. "What's your answer? Nobody produces an answer."
Fox News' Geraldo Rivera fired back that what they should not do is fire tear gas at a group of people that includes women and children.
He said in a situation like what occurred Sunday, Spanish-speaking "ambassadors" should be sent into the crowd to explain that they cannot rush the border.
"To take a rock in the face?" Bongino said. "Geraldo, you're not serious, are you?"
Geraldo said the migrants are simply people seeking a better life, and they should be treated with "humanity and compassion."
"This is a stain on the Trump presidency that will be very difficult to eradicate," Geraldo said.