Trump Promised To Pardon CBP Official If He Was Jailed for Illegally Denying Migrants Asylum

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Thank fuck this hell week is over!!!!!!!

Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:

  • CNN reports that on a trip to Calexico, California last week, President Trump told the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, Kevin McAleenan, that if he was sent to jail for illegally blocking migrants from seeking asylum, he’ll just grant him a pardon. It’s apparently unclear if this was a joke or not, but even if it was, what a ghoulish sense of humor about a perilous situation. [CNN]
  • It’s day two of the Indian elections. [BBC]
  • A guy lit himself on fire in front of the White House. He’s fine. [ABC News]
  • Vice President Pence pinky promises not to bring back the family separation policy at the U.S.-Mexico border despite reports that Trump has humored the idea of bringing it back. [Huff Post]
  • Even ICE didn’t get behind a White House plan to release detained undocumented immigrants into sanctuary cities for “political payback.” [Newsweek]
  • The Trump administration’s transgender military policy began today, because apparently the United States is cool with paying for endless war but not hormone therapy is a step too far. [NBC News]
  • The US has declined to nominate anyone to serve on the U.N. committee on racism which sounds par for the course for this administration. [Politico]
  • Georgetown students voted to create a reparations fund for descendents of slaves that the university once owned. [New York Times]
  • Lebron James for education secretary [New York Times]

Here are some tweets the president was allowed to publish:


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Mortal Dictata

So Farage has launched another party, this time simply called The Brexit Party, and already one of its MEP candidates is a Rees-Mogg, namely Jacob’s sister Annunziata...

No doubt it will end up doing spectacularly well at the European Elections because outside the Greens and TIG/CHUK no one else is really wanting to look like they’re running for those elections, which will no doubt be regarded as an unofficial second ref that the Hard Brexiteers will win by a landslide because Remain still has no fucking plan outside just calling for that referendum.

At least we got to watch a childish spat between UKIP and TBP over who’s the real voice of Brexit, with UKIP claiming TBP is simply Farage’s personal vehicle which doesn’t sound familiar at all...

Also as part of Labour’s threading of the needle when it comes to Assange’s arrest Diane Abbott, who is still somehow in charge of any brief, gave an interview on the subject. It was the usual car crash, with Abbott managing to try and whitewash history regarding the rape accusations, instead almost suggesting they’re politically motivated and they were really about the wikileaks case ( The issue of Assange is a bit of a hard one for the Opposition as their director of comms, Stalinist Seamus Milne, until recently was shall we say smitten with Assange’s lawyer...

Oh and Boris Johnson got caught lying again, what a surprise, this time claiming that No Deal was shown by polls to be the most popular option (it isn’t). At least he only put it in his nearly £300k a year column and not on the side of a bus (