Donald Trump's Legacy Will Be Tolerating Child Abuse, CNN Commentator Says

A CNN commentator suggested that President Donald Trump's legacy will forever be tarnished by the alleged child abuse occurring at migrant detention facilities along the country's southern border.

Samantha Vinograd, a national security analyst for the cable network, said Friday that Trump's administration was allowing children to suffer at the controversial camps, as opposition lawmakers and human rights groups lamented overcrowding and dangerous conditions at the facilities.

Despite recent allegations of poor conditions and possible human rights abuses occurring in the camps, Trump has dismissed suggestions that migrants being held there are in danger.

On Friday, the president said the detention centers are "really well-run," adding, "They're clean, they're good, they do a great job."

He went on to blame the Democratic Party for the overcrowding, which was documented this week by opposition lawmakers and the Department of Homeland Security.

"They're crowded because the Democrats will not give us any relief from these loopholes," Trump claimed.

"We have loopholes that are so bad. We have asylum that's so bad. So these places are—many of them, not all of them—but many of them are incredible."

CNN host Brianna Keilar responded to Trump's comments by saying, "That's not what we heard from congressional delegations and that's not what we've heard from reports," according to Mediaite.

A slew of recent articles and testimonies from visitors and staff at multiple detention centers has painted a disturbing image of the facilities. Those held there—including children—were reportedly packed into overcrowded holding areas, denied access to basic hygiene and routinely subjected to psychological abuse by staff, some of whom have mocked their detainees and their advocates on social media.

Vinograd quoted UNICEF CEO Caryl Stern, who tweeted last month that "a society is judged on how it cares for his children." The contributor suggested that on this basis, Trump will be judged harshly by history.

"President Trump's legacy is tolerating abuse against children," Vinograd said. "I have a very simple question for President Trump—would he let his grandchildren go without a shower or a hot meal for days? That's what the DHS report that Kaitlan just mentioned claims is happening under President Trump's care."

Vinograd continued her attack on Trump, recalling his claim last year that "traveling through Mexico was like taking a walk through Central Park. we now have gruesome images of a father and his young daughter that drowned on their way here."

"While border patrol agents are not supposed to be doctors or surgeons or anything of that nature, the president's policy has led to an increase in migration from Central American countries," Vinograd added.

"His response has been to ignore the reality that is happening at these detention facilities and to do everything that really leads to an increase in migration, like cutting off funding to Central America."

Vinograd closed by asking whether Trump considers the aforementioned "gruesome images" and "inhumane conditions at these facilities" to be a deterrent to migration, "to try to scare people" off of attempting to reach the U.S.

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Protestors are pictured on July 2, 2019 in Denver, Colorado, demonstrating against migrant detention centers that reportedly subject children and families to horrific conditions. Tom Cooper/Getty